There is always debate why henna is called tattoo. Personally, I do not think Henna has been legally termed as tattoo.
In old days in addition to ornaments on special occasions like wedding, henna was used for body decoration. With globalization, in late 90s, it got popularity in western countries when various celebrities (like Madonna) used henna decoration on their performances.
Since then, it is becoming fashion trend and people are using henna designs just for fun. Since both permanent tattoo and henna are applied in skin for decoration, now it is termed as henna tattoo. But, be assured, it has no relation with permanent tattoo and gets off your skin in few days to couple of weeks.
Our henna is made out from best henna plants grown in Rajasthan, India. Henna powder is imported and lab certified and the henna paste is self made fresh with all natural ingredients to get the perfect color. It has no chemical or dye added and is completely safe.
Henna is a plant and Henna has a dye molecule, "Lawsome" also known as hennotannic acid. This molecule breaches and saturates the topmost layer of your skin, staining the skin cells.
There are many factors that affect the stain color henna leaves on your skin. Your skin may be naturally alkaline or acidic.
Alkalies oxidize the stain to a darker color. Your skin may be naturally alkaline, or may be exposed to an alkali.
Some parts of your skin take up more dye than other parts. Thin oily or newly formed skin takes up less stain than thick, corneated skin.
Henna, also known as hina, is a flowering plant that belongs to the family of loosestrifes. It originates from Asia and Mediterranean region, but it can be found in the semi-arid and tropical regions around the world today. Henna grows on deep, sandy soil and requires temperatures of 35 to 45 degrees of Celsius to ensure optimal production of pigment in the leaves. People use henna to beautify themselves for thousands of years. Besides valuable pigments, henna contains numerous substances that act beneficially on the humans health.
Interesting Henna Facts:
Henna is a woody shrub that can reach 6 to 25 feet in height. It produces numerous branches with sharp spines on the tips.
Henna develops elliptical or lanceolate leaves. They are green colored and oppositely arranged on the branches.
Henna produces small flowers that can be yellow or pink colored. Flowers contain both types of reproductive organs and they are able to perform self-pollination.
Fruit of henna is brown capsule filled with 32 to 49 seed. Ripe fruit splits into four parts to release the seed.
Leaves of henna are harvested twice per year. Dried, ground leaves need to be mixed with water, lemon juice or strong tea for the manufacture of paste that is used for dyeing of skin and hair.
Ground henna leaves contain red pigment (hennotannic acid) which creates chemical bonds with collagen in the skin and keratin in the nails and produces transient, reddish-brown markings on the body. Created paintings last from 3 days to few weeks, depending on the thickness of the skin, application method and quality of the produced paste.
Painting of the skin with henna, also known as mehndi design, is especially important and valued in the Asian cultures. It often represents the first gift that woman receives from her husband at the wedding.
Art of painting on the skin is 5.000 years old tradition. People in many countries believe that henna protects against evil spirits and ensures luck.
Henna was also used in the cave art in the past. One of oldest cave paintings made of henna (dating back to 400 years BC) can be seen in Ajanta, India.
Henna was used for coloring of drum skins, leather, silk and wool in the past.
Flowers of henna were used for the manufacture of perfumes in the ancient times. This practice is still popular in the Middle East.
Henna can be used in treatment of blisters on the skin, rash, fever, athlete's foot and ringworms.
Ancient Egyptians used ointment made of henna to protect their skin from the sun and prevent sunburns.
Women in India use henna during the warmest periods of the year due to cooling effects that henna produces on the skin.
Henna is perennial plant, which means that it can survive more than 2 years in the wild.
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