What is Henna?
Henna comes from the plant Lawsonia Inermis which grows in the hot climates of the Middle eastern countries such as Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria and India. The plant grows to about 10 feet tall and the leaves are harvested twice a year as soon as the flowers appear.
The leaves are dried, crushed and ground into a powder. The powder is mixed with a mildly acidic liquid such as lemon juice, strong tea or even just water which releases the dye and forms a brown coloured paste.
The henna mix must then sit for 1- 48 hours before use to release the ‘lawsone’ from the leaf matter.
Many artists add sugar to the paste to improve consistency and flexibility. It also keeps it moist and helps it adhere to the skin.
Essential oils such as tea tree and lavender are also used in the mix to improve the staining power to the skin.
This paste can be used on the body, wood, fabric or untreated leather to leave a stain.
Do you make your own henna?
Yes, I do – I make my own paste and I use 100 % organic Raj Henna Powder, Sugar, Lemon Juice or Distilled Water and Essential Oils such as Tea Tree and Lavender.
Is Henna safe?
Yes, however….as like anything natural, henna can irritate some individuals in rare cases. Generally nothing more than a slight itchiness like a grass rash. But generally, it is the other ingredients such as the lemon juice and essential oils that can irritate the skin more.
Is henna safe during pregnancy?
Yes- if using natural henna which is made by one self with pregnancy safe oils such as lavender with no chemical additives.
Consult doctors/midwives if you have any anemic, chronic blood or immune system problems prior to havingHenna body art.
Henna should be avoided for people with G6PD Deficiency. (Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Enzyme Deficiency) because of potential adverse reactions.
This is very very rare and twice as prevalent in males as in females. May also be allergic to mothballs (camphor), broad beans, some legumes and tend to come from a middle Eastern Background.
What do I do after my henna has been applied?
For Best results-
- Allow up to 30 minutes for the paste to dry.
- The longer the paste is left on the skin the darker the stain will become.
- The paste will look black & crusty on the skin and small pieces will fall off by itself. The thicker lines will hold.
- An absolute minimum of 1 hour but 4-6 hours is best. Overnight is awesome!
- Keeping the skin warm also helps the stain develop darker.
- To take the paste off the skin- peel or brush it away. Don’t wash it off! Use a little olive or cocnut oil to help wipe off any henna that sticks.
- Avoid washing the henna‘d area for 6 or more hours if possible.
- The stain will appear orange at first but will develop over 2-3 days to a rich red/ maroon brown.
- Avoid swimming, chlorine and chemicals on the skin.
- Avoid exfoliation.
- Pat dry and avoid rubbing.
- Coconut oil, olive oil or any other “Natural” moisturizer can be applied .
How long will the henna last on my skin?
If aftercare instructions are followed, your henna body art should last 7-10 days, sometimes longer.
Why does my henna look different on different parts of the body?
Palms of the hands and soles of the feet stain the best. The skin is tougher and thicker and therefore doesn’t naturally exfoliate as fast as arms and legs. Chests and backs seem to be the place where the stain is less likely to darken.
Of course everyone’s skin holds henna differently. Just as some tan better or some peoples skin is naturally more drier than others.
Does the placement of my henna on my body symbolize anything?
Palm decoration- designs invoke images of opening and offering ( usually sun, flower, mandala)
Back of hand- acts as a shield- closing , defending, clenching- symbolizing protection
Right Hand- Male, projective
Left Hand- female- Receptive
Feet -The feet are recognized as a point of divine contact. Considered a holy junction where Human being and Earth meet.
What do certain symbols/designs mean?
Peacocks – beauty
Swans – success
Birds – messengers ( between Heaven & Earth)
Butterflies – transformation
Parrots – messengers of love
Dragonflies – rebirth
Fish – A woman’s eye
Scorpion – love & romance
Flowers – joy & happiness
Vines & leaves – longevity, devotion, perseverance, entwined lives and vitality
Lizards & snakes – seekers of enlightenment
Tortoise – protection & fertility
Lotus blossom – the light within/ awakening of the human soul. Grace , beauty creativity
Sahasrara – thousand petal lotus- uniting the soul with the “Divine Source”
Sun, Moon & and the stars – deep & lasting love between lovers/ partners
Paisleys – represent fertility & good luck
Eye – said to mirror back the “Evil Eye”
The bud – signifying new growth especially at the end of a drought and thus represent new life, fertility & joy- or as a metaphor in bridal mehndi to symbolise the start of a new love & a new life.
Zig Zag – this symbol means “rain” and represents fertility and abundance.
Ripples – represent running water which purifies and brings life. Also symbolizing human emotion.
Square – magical, used to heal and protect the sick.
What is Black Henna?
Pure Henna Does Not use or recommend the use of black henna.
In the 1990s, henna artists in Africa, India, Bali, the Arabian Peninsula and the West began to experiment with PPD (Para-phenylene-diamine) based black hair dye, applying it as a thick paste as they would apply henna in an effort to find something that would quickly make jet black temporary body art. PPD can cause severe allergic reactions with blistering, intense itching, permanent scarring and permanent chemical sensitivities. Henna does not cause these injuries. Henna made with PPD can cause lifelong sensitization to coal tar derivatives and blackhenna made with gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, paint thinner, and benzene has been linked to adult leukemia.
The most frequent serious health consequence of having a black henna temporary tattoo is sensitization to hair dye and related chemicals. If a person has had a black henna tattoo and later dyes their hair with chemical hair dye, the allergic reaction may be life-threatening and require hospitalization. Because of the epidemic of PPD allergic reactions, chemical hair dye products now post warnings on the labels: “Temporary black henna tattoos may increase your risk of allergy.” Do not colour your hair if – you have experienced a reaction to a temporary black henna tattoo in the past.
PPD black henna use is widespread, particularly in tourist areas. Because the blistering reaction appears 3 to 12 days after the application, most tourists have left and do not return to show how much damage the artist has done. This permits the artists to continue injuring others, unaware they are causing severe injuries. The high profit margins of black henna and the demand for body art that emulates “tribal tattoos” further encourage artists to deny the dangers.
It is not difficult to recognise and avoid PPD black henna:
- if a paste stains skin on the torso black in less than ½ hour, it probably has PPD in it.
- if the paste is mixed with peroxide, or if peroxide is wiped over the design to bring out the colour, it probably has PPD in it.
- Pre packaged cones/imported cones- probably have PPD’s – (synthetic cold tar dye- carcinogenic )
- Plant based real Henna once mixed has a very short shelf life. Any henna which doesn’t need to be kept frozen must contain additional ingredients such as preservatives or chemical dyes.
There are literally hundreds of chemically-adulterated ‘henna‘ products, and most of them say they are 100% natural.
PPD sensitivity is lifelong. A person who has become sensitized through black henna tattoos may have future allergic reactions to perfumes, printer ink, chemical hair dyes, textile dye, photographic developer, sunscreen and some medications. Anyone who has an itching and blistering reaction to a black body stain should go to a doctor, and report that they have had an application of PPD to their skin.
Time of processing
All orders are generally dispatched within 3-5 business days of the order being placed.
For larger orders extra time may be required for processing- Minimum of 7 days up to 14 days . We will advise of time needed when order is placed.
The shipping costs are determined by the product and quantity, weight and destination of your order.
Shipping costs quoted are estimated using the Australia Post online calculator and based on regular interstate destinations. Remote destinations incur an additional distance charge per kg.
If the actual shipping cost is lower than the amount paid, I will refund any difference over $2 AUD. If the actual shipping costs are significantly higher than the estimate, that is more than $2 AUD, I reserve the right to request additional shipping costs. In this instance, the customer can request to cancel the order.
I take great care to ensure your purchase is securely packed using recycled materials and clearly marked ‘Fragile’. It may not be packed with pretty wrapping but it will arrive safe.
Please request insurance, registered/signed for post if required, otherwise standard post will be used. Orders within Australia are sent via regular parcel post with tracking and delivery takes 1-3 working days.
Please note: there may be delays due to public holidays and postal services.
If your purchase is returned to me because you did not have the correct address listed on your account or a change of address for delivery you will be required to pay the full postage costs for the re sending of your item.
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Refunds and Exchanges
Please report any damaged item received within 20 days of shipping date and provide a photo of the faulty/broken item and I’ll do my best to resolve the situation. Opt for loss/damage insurance.
Refund (minus postage cost) given only if item is significantly different from described. If in doubt, please ask questions first. Everything I sell is handmade – therefore little irregularities, or unevenness may occur.
Refunds are only offered if product is faulty, not for changed minds .
Additional Policies and FAQs
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