- Henna is a Persian name for this sweet smelling shrub also called ‘Lawsonia Inermis’
- Henna is made from the leaves of the Henna plant; it has been used for 7,000 years.
- Henna thrives in hot countries e.g. India, Pakistan, Morocco, Sudan, and Egypt etc.
- Henna is used in over 60 countries by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and many other faiths
- It is completely natural and painless and is perfectly safe.
Uses of henna leaves
- Leaves are harvested as soon as the flowers appear
- Young fresh leaves are then dried before being grounded into a fine powder
- Henna powder is made up into paste and applied. It is used to dye the skin, hair, nails and even fabric and leather.
- Rest of the shrubs is shredded and is used for hair dyes, shampoo, and conditioner
- Oil from the flowers is used for perfumes
Other uses and qualities
- Henna has been used for a cosmetic, a dye, a medicine as well as protection from evil
- When applied to the skin, henna provides a cooling action as well as protecting against fungi and bacteria
- Henna can help to lower body temperature to sooth headaches, fever, and burning feet
- In India, Arabia and Africa, henna formulas have been applied to seal wounds. Soothe mild burn and insect stings and fight nail infection athletes foot
- In Africa to reduce a child’s fever, a ball of henna paste is placed in the palms of the hands
- In the hot countries henna is painted on the soles of feet to insulate the body from the heat.
- There is no such thing as black henna.
- Black "Henna" actually has nothing to do with real Henna.
- In fact, it contains a chemical called PPD (Para-phenylenediamine), usually found in hair dyes.
- PPD is a chemical derived from coal and most commonly used in black and brown hair dyes.
- It is extremely dangerous when used on the skin
- Severe reactions to PPD include blistering, intense itching, burns and can lead to permanent scars.
- PPD can pass into the bloodstream where it can cause liver and kidney damage, including cancer.
- Simply breathing in PPD powder can cause lung damage.
- Smells strongly of chemicals or petrol
- Looks like black ink
- Texture is runny or too thick
- Stains immediately & fades quickly within 2/3 days
- Peeling off henna stain is sign of chemical inside
- The powder is mostly green or greenish brown in colour
- Smells like natural herbs, and is relaxing
- Texture is smooth and strong
- Stains great and lasts longer (around 2 weeks)