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The art of henna (called mehndi or mehendi in Hindi & Urdu languages) has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Some documentation dates it to over 9000 years old.  Because henna has natural cooling properties, people of the desert, for centuries, have been using henna to help control their body temperature.  They would make a paste from the crushed dried leaves of the henna plant and soak their palms and soles of the feet in it to get a cooling affect.  The cooling sensation was felt throughout the body for as long as the henna stain remained on their skin.  Initially, as the stain faded away, it left patterns on the skin's surface which led to ideas of making designs for decorative purposes.  In the ancient Egyptian times even mummies wore henna designs and it is documented that Cleopatra herself used henna for decorative purposes

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Beautiful henna art is a popular addition to parties and special events such as Hen nights, Baby showers, Teen parties, Bar-mitzvah's and Bat-mitzvah's. Book me to provide henna art at your special event and I will come along and decorate your guests with beautiful natural henna hand and arm art.
Henna is a natural plant extract and should never be "black" , Please be careful if you see an artist offering Black henna as this henna could contain harmful chemicals such as PPD used in hair dyes, which can burn the skin. Natural henna is brown, and once paste is removed, leaves an orange stain which slowly darkens to a deep chestnut brown over the course of 48 hours. All of my henna is freshly made using natural henna powder, sugar, lemon and cajaput oil (or lavender for mums to be or children under 5)