Henna Mehandi Body Art
Henna is a plant which has a natural temporary staining ability. It has been in use for a long time as a natural colorant for applying beautiful designs, especially on hands and feet. It is native to countries like India, Egypt, Morocco, Persia, and Syria.
The powder of crushed henna leaves is mixed with eucalyptus oil, lemon juice, and sugar, which turns it to a paste. The paste is then filled into a homemade cone with wrapping paper, and then the paste is squeezed onto your skin to make beautiful designs - just as a cake is decorated.
Once design is dry, it needs to be dabbed with a cotton ball moistened with lemon juice and sugar, which helps the paste stay on the skin longer.
Henna paste is suppose to be left on the skin for 4 to 6 hours. Then it is scratched off by using fingernails or a credit card. The stain design remains on the skin. The color of henna design are orange at the beginning, then they turn into a reddish brown within 24 to 48 hours.
It is all natural, painless, and good for your skin. It stays on for 2 to 3 weeks.