Introduction to henna: the Lawsonia plant, its history, traditions & uses

The use of henna to dye skin and hair has a long-standing tradition; some records indicate that we’ve been using it for over 9,000 years! It’s commonly known in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern and Western Asia. Historical records show that henna has been used for cosmetic purposes in, among others, the Roman Empire, the Convivencia-period in medieval Spain and Ancient Egypt. People who live in hot, arid climates have long been aware of the cooling properties of henna […]

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