What is Mehndi?
Mehndi is the Indian word for henna. It is an ancient art going back over 5000 years.
In many countries henna is used as a blessing and it is believed that it will bring happiness and wealth to the wearer.
It is used in wedding ceremonies, where the bride will decorate her hands and feet with simple to intricate henna designs. It is also used in many other cultural and religious celebrations around the world. Some cultures use henna as a healing agent. It’s known to help skin disorders, headaches and arthritic pain. Henna also has a cooling effect and is used in some arid temperatures to cool the body.
What is henna?
Henna is a common name for the plant Lawsonia Inermis. This plant/shrub is grown in hot, dry environments like the Middle East, Southern Asia and Northern Africa. It can grow up to 6 meters tall and it produces sweet smelling blossoms. Lawson is the natural dye that is produced in the leaves.
The leaves from this plant are harvested at different growing times each year. The leaves are carefully dried and crushed into a very fine powder. It is this powder that is used to make henna paste. The paste is traditionally used for decoration on skin, hair and nails. It is also used for off- body art on wood, silk (and other fabrics) canvas and even candles.
How is henna paste made?
Henna paste is made by mixing henna powder, lemon juice, sugar and essential oils.
But everyone’s recipe varies slightly. Please note that 100% fresh natural henna leaves a stain that starts as a light to bright orange colour and over the next 48 hrs. will turn to a deep cherry red to a reddish brown or deep brown colour.
Our henna paste is made with 100% natural fresh professional quality henna powder and top quality organic essential oil.
Henna Bee Designs Recipe:
25g fresh henna powder (body art quality)
5ml white or raw sugar
7.5 ml lavender or cajeput essential oils
lemon juice and bottled water (50/50)
In a glass or ceramic bowl add enough liquid to the henna powder and sugar to makes a paste the consistency of yogurt. Add in the essential oils and mix well.
Cover with plastic wrap and leave for 12 hours in a warm area. Check your paste to see if you have dye release (the top will be dark brown and under the top layer will be greenish still).
Mix the paste up well and cover it up and leave for up to another 12 hrs. Do a spot test on your wrist (leave a dot of henna paste on your wrist for a minute, wipe it away and see if there is a bright orange stain, usually this will tell you if your paste is ready).
Thin paste out with a little more liquid to the consistency you like. Cone it up and start having some fun!!
**henna powders do not always release at the same rate so ask your supplier what the usual time should be for your henna powder.**
Any henna offered as coloured henna or black henna have other unnatural/chemical ingredients and these may be harmful to you.
Do not allow anyone to put this on your skin.
Please read: What is black henna.
What is black henna?
Henna is NEVER black or “coloured”. Always ask the artist what they put in their henna paste. Ask if it is 100% natural henna and if they make it themselves. Even pre-made cones most likely contain chemicals or preservatives not meant for your body.
The black colour comes from a chemical known as PPD that is added to the henna paste.
Para-Phenylendiamine (PPD) is a chemical ingredient that is used in almost all permanent hair dyes, yes even the ones that say all natural. It may also be used in dyes for clothing and furs. It is used in printing inks, black rubber products, greases/oils and gasoline.
It enters into the blood stream through skin absorption within 10 min of application and can damage your liver, kidneys and seriously affect asthma. You may have allergic asthma type reactions to this. Contact with the skin may cause itching or burning and redness where the black henna was applied. It may swell, blister and may be at risk for infection leaving permanent scarring.
**Please note that 100% Natural Henna only stains the dead skin cells of the epidermis.
If you think you’ve come in contact with black henna please seek medical consultation, immediatly.
For more information:
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*Black henna is illegal in Canada*
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Can anyone have henna?
YES. Henna is to be enjoyed by everyone. There are belly blessings for pregnant women and cute designs for children. Men are getting henna art also.
It is recommended to use Lavender essential oil when hennaing pregnant women. Lavender is milder then other essential oils.
It is not recommended to henna a child 4 and under as their skin may be sensitive to the essential oils.
*If unsure, Please check with your doctor before applying.
*Note: Please read about G6PD to make sure henna is safe for you.