The art of Henna has been practiced in Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Middle East for over 5000 years. Henna has many different names across the globe including “Mehndi, Hina, Henna and Egyptian privet” , but all of them describe the same remarkable plant, which has the scientific name Lawsonia Inermis. You can identify a henna plant by its small white or pink flowers, as well as the small fruit it bears. And it smells so earthly.
Henna was originally used for its natural cooling properties for the people living in hot desert climates. A paste would be made, in which the palms and soles of feet would be soaked. It was also used for medicinal purposes and applied to the skin to treat such ailments as stomach aches, burns, headaches.
A paste made of the crushed leaves of the Henna plant is used to decorate the body in beautifully intricate designs. Designs vary from country to country, and culture to culture. When it was discovered the paste left a temporary stain on the skin, the plant contains lawsone, a reddish-orange dye that binds to the keratin present in skin.
It has been said that, before the existence of cosmetic world, henna was the only source of fashion, for the women’s of ancient times. They used to apply henna anywhere to adore themselves, whether it is hair, hands and soles of foots or even nails. However, it is so surprising to know that Henna still exist in this modern age. Henna’s use progressed to decorative, as it was accessible to people of all socioeconomic levels.
Henna is regarded as having Barakah, “blessings” on special occasions like weddings, birthdays and for any religious gatherings. It is applied for luck as well as joy and beauty. Brides typically had the most henna, and the most complex patterns, to support their greatest joy and wishes for luck.
It is important to note that the modern term, “Henna tattoo” is a marketing term only. Henna does not tattoo the skin and is not considered tattooing. However, Tattoo is permanent as ink pierces the skin, while henna is a temporary dye which sits on the skin’s surface.
Here are some uses of Henna, which you must need to know!
For Keratin and dye:
Henna is commonly used for deep conditioning your hairs. It norishes your hairs from root to end and make them strong, shiny, smooth and silky. It works as a hair color as well. People, who are allergic to chemicals, and badly want to cover their grey hairs, then Henna is a must for you. You must need to make a perfect pack of Henna and tada!
Henna To make freckle spots:
There was a time when people used to apply different creams to their faces, just to have a frackle free face. And today, they love having frackle marks. And Henna is the most preferable item in this. They not only make freckle marks from Henna, but also apply on their eyebrows and lips, just to have a complete natural makeup look.
Henna as a nail color:
You can apply henna on your nails too and definitely it will give you a soft but trendy look, like any other nice brand’s nail-paint. Old ladies and womens of rural areas are so fond of applying henna as a natural nail color. Once you applied it on your nails, you will gonna love it. Just have look in a picture below.
0n a wide variety of ways, including its dye form, as well as in aqueous extracts, tinctures, and salves, composed of the bark, seeds, or leaves. This versatility makes henna a very valuable element in traditional medicines, particularly Ayurvedic practice.
A bread earner:
One can become an artist, by learning the art of Henna, and carry this as his/her profession. There are manay henna artist in the he world. And they are earning a good amount of money. Consider this as profession too as henna is always in fashion.
Although Henna has many benefits, but the excess use of anything can harm many. People who have sensitive skin, should be careful when they use Henna for the very first time. Try to test on a small area of your skin first.
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