or Lawsonia Inermis' is a small bush or shrub that grows extravagantly
throughout the middle eastern countries like Pakistan, India, Africa and
Morocco and some tropical, subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia and
northern Australasia in semi-arid zones. The henna plant can grow upto 8 to
10 feet high and the dry leaf of the henna shrub is ground up to produce a
powder which is then made into a paste and applied to the skin or hair
producing a dark, deep tarnishing color that wears out over time.
History of Henna
Since 3400 BC era, henna has been used and mentioned in the bible
as being used for adornment of hair, body as well as scent. In the middle
eastern countries, women and men used henna for dyeing their hair.
paste is used on different occasions of religious festivals, wedding
ceremonies etc. Till today, henna is used in sacred and ritualistic
ceremonies in India which has gained appreciation in other countries also,
as a beautiful art to be appreciated at any time.
In the period of 1700 BCE to 900 BCE there are many figurines from Crete
and Mycenae that show goddesses with raised hands that appear to be adorned
with henna. The earliest civilizations that used henna are Babylonians,
Assyrians, Sumerians, Semites, Ugaritics and Canaanites. In the historical
period when Islam began in the 6-7th centuries AD, henna was unified into
the customs of Muslims from the western Middle Eastern women's henna
traditions that were widespread and long established.
Supreme quality henna leaves are procured from the farms cultivated by
traditional farmers. Henna belongs to a privet family which has been known
for centuries for its brilliant hair conditioning, medicinal and coloring
properties. The leaves of the henna plant are best used for Mehandi and hair
coloring, while the lower part of the plant is used for the other medicinal
purposes. Quality and color of henna leaves depend on which state and
country it is grown. Various ingredients used in henna are chamomile,
bayberry root, rhubarb, coffee, tea, cloves, walnut powder and indigo to get
rich vivacious colors. Henna is 100% natural which is good for your hair,
skin and is very effective.