Lawsonia inermis - Henna is a shrub native to North Africa, West and South Asia and northern Australasia. It thrives in regions with temperatures between 35-45 degrees Celsius and it is in these parts of the semi-arid and tropical world that henna leaves produce the most dye.
Henna has been used for over 6000 years to give copper reds and reddish browns to hair, skin, textiles, and leather. The active colouring component in henna is lawsone which is released when dried leaves are ground and a mild acid (lemon juice or vinegar) is added. The dye easily bonds with the proteins in hair and skin. With the addition of mordants, henna will also dye cellulose fibres.
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Henna Recipe for Mehndi
Use the same powdered henna leaves as for hair. Re-sift to make the finest paste possible.
▶ Mix henna and lemon juice. Stir well until there are no lumps and consistency is smooth
▶ Add the sugar and stir well—paste should become smooth and shiny. ▶ Add the essential oil and mix well.
▶ Cover paste with plastic wrap—pressing against the paste so there are no air pockets.
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