ALSO KNOWN AS:
Egyptian Privet, Smooth Lawsonia
Flowers, powdered leaves, fruit
PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
A brown substance in Henna has a resinoid fracture. This chemical property (which characterize tannins) is where the name hannotannic acid is derived. The red-orange dye molecule, lawsone, bonds with proteins, helping it stain skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool.
PROPERTIES & USES
Powdered Henna leaves have been in use from the ancient times in Eastern countries.
The dye molecule, lawsone, is found primarily in the leaves, and is in the highest levels in the petioles (or the stalk) of the leaf. As a dye for the skin or nails the powder may be mixed with catechu or lucerne, made into a paste with hot water, and spread on the part to be dyed, being allowed to remain for one night.
Since 1890 Henna has been widely used in
CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
If you aren’t certain whether you will like the result, take the time to test Henna in an inconspicuous place before treating a large area.
Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.