Henna Haven

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About Me

Henna is normally applied to the skin, more often the hands, feet and pregnant belly, however Nimisha applies it to a variety of items e.g Candles, Canvases and Bookmarks. Each item is hand painted, often with a combination of paints, natural henna and gems depending on the customers’ specification, and then sealed to protect it.

Nimisha is a self-taught Henna Artist and mother of two who, inspired by her own cultural experiences, is proud to be applying traditional ethnic Henna designs to typical crafts for displaying within the home.

What is Henna?

Henna (or Mehndi/Mehandi as it is also known) is a common name for the flowering bush called “Lawsonia Inermis” and is the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. It is native to northern Africa, Australia, western and southern Asia and northern Australasia where it prefers the hot and semi-arid conditions. As a side note, there is no such thing as black henna, it is a dangerous and illegal substance that should never be used.

The henna leaves are harvested after the flowers appear, dried out and then crushed into a fine powder. The dry powder must be mixed with a slightly acidic liquid to make a paste and to allow the lawsone molecules to be released from the henna leaf to create the henna dye. The longer the paste is left on the skin the darker the stain will be

What is Henna used for?

Henna is traditionally used to beautify the skin at times of celebration such as weddings, baby showers and Eid, as it is associated with bringing love and good fortune. Henna is said to have been used on mummies dating back to 1200BC. The styles of henna found all over the world vary greatly. Indian henna tends to be intricate with flowers, animals and even people on it; Arabic henna is predominantly floral and Pakistani henna is very detailed and elaborate. At weddings, the ladies have henna applied to the palms and backs of their hands, whereas the bride will have it applied all the way up to her upper arms, and from her toes to her knees with the grooms name hidden in the henna somewhere on her.