Henna: What Is It Used For And Where Did It All Start? February 21, 2016 00:00
You may know henna to be most commonly used on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and parties. But there are many more benefits of using henna and today I am going to be sharing them with you. Henna has many uses and all of them are wonderful!
This beautiful art we call henna has been practiced for more than 5000 years in India, The Middle East and Africa! Henna has natural cooling properties and it is believed that the practice of henna started many years ago where people in hot countries and in the desert would use it to cool their body’s down. They would crush the henna leaves down into small bits and make it into a paste. They would then dip their feet and hands in to reap the cooling benefits of henna which would give them an air conditioned effect for the rest of the day. As the stain of the henna would develop after applying it, the women started getting tired of bright red palms and instead got creative by applying patterns with sticks which looked more appealing and also still had the cooling effect.
Henna is known for its cooling and healing properties and that’s why it has been used when someone has a burn or cut. It has also been known to treat conditions such as headaches, diarrhoea and athletes foot.
The uses of henna doesn't just stop there, another great use of henna is for cosmetic reasons. People use henna as a hair dye, it leave an orange stain and is used frequently in hot countries.
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