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What is Henna?

Henna has many names in different languages:

 

Henna (English)
Hinnaa حِنّا (Arabic)
Mehndi/mehandi مهندي (Urdu/Persian)
Lawsonia Inermis (Latin botanical name)

 

Henna is a plant, the green leaves of which are ground into a fine powder.

 

This powder is then made into a paste and used for many purposes.

 

Henna has many uses and benefits:

 

  • Dye grey hair
  • Produce red highlights
  • Condition the hair
  • Cool the head, hands and feet
  • Medicinal purposes such as boils, blisters, burns, fungal infections...
  • Cure dandruff, head lice, ringworm
  • Decorate hands and feet

 

It is used on special occasions such as weddings and Eids.

It is used for medicinal purposes when needed.

 

Young and old, rich and poor have used henna for centuries.

 

Henna grows in the very hot climates of North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and India.

 

The most famous Henna powders are from the following countries:

  • Pakistan (brand name: Jamila Henna)
  • Morocco
  • India (Area of Rajisthan, Sojat)
  • Yemen

 

Each has its own characteristics and grades:

  • Preparation time
  • Sift quality
  • Initial green colour
  • Resulting Colours (orange to maroon)

 

Click here to see the ‘Which henna powder to use?’ Chart.