Amazing The History of Henna Tattoos
The History of Henna Tattoos
Henna is a plant from which the sweet smelling dye Henna is made. This is now widely used as a natural alternative for temporary tattoos, however, it can also be utilised for dyeing the hair, nails, and even fabrics and other non-breathing objects. When it comes to natural hair dyes, henna lends itself to a variety of hair colors, thickening and straightening properties, and temporary hair tattoos. However, the greatest asset to henna tattoos are the incredibly long life span; they are virtually stain free, and rarely do they fade.
Henna is a plant from which the oil (and by extension the dye) is extracted, and when used as a textile, it is usually combined with cotton, and sometimes silk. Henna is most often applied to the skin temporarily in conjunction with other temporary tattoos. Although not originally developed as a means of permanent skin art, henna has been used in the tradition of body piercing for centuries, and remains popular amongst tribal and traditional Asian societies. Henna tattoos provide a unique creative medium of expressing oneself; henna is said to provide good luck, and the application of henna tattoo designs on the body is even more popular during religious celebrations. Because henna is plant based, henna tattoo designs are said to possess healing properties.
Mehndi (Henna) is a traditional Middle Eastern skin art that uses the fragrant oil from the leaves of the henna plant ( Mehndi) to create patterns and designs on the skin. Henna is traditionally applied by a woman in the family to the body of a child, for the purpose of creating a “good luck” tattoo, and many Mehndi designs, especially those focusing on flowers and vines are also said to ward off evil spirits. Like most Middle Eastern skin arts, henna is used most commonly to create intricate and colorful tribal skin patterns, and is sometimes also used to decorate burlap bags, prayer rugs, floor mats, tablecloths, and rugs for decorative purposes.
Because henna paste contains both dye and pigment, it is sometimes confused with the natural henna colors, but the difference between the two is that henna paste is made from starch-based ingredients rather than true henna. True henna comes from the bark of the henna plant, while henna paste is created by mixing henna with a water-based ink. Since henna paste colors do not naturally come in pure colors, henna tattoo designs may be achieved using either color pigments, but henna paste pigments are available only in yellow, red, and orange. Because henna paste colors can be unstable and change from shades of green to pure red in time, henna tattoo designs are not recommended for use on open wounds or areas of broken skin.
Although henna tattoos are considered harmless, those who are allergic to henna and latex can experience anaphylactic shock, chest swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you are interested in getting a henna tattoo, it is best to test one’s skin for at least 24 hours prior to getting a henna tattoo. Testing one’s skin will allow a practitioner to determine if there are any adverse reactions to henna and if a henna tattoo will be a suitable design for one’s skin. Most henna tattoo artists use lemon juice for applying henna tattoo products; however, it is important to test all henna tattoo products on a small patch of skin first to make sure they will not cause skin irritation.
Henna tattoos have been used throughout the ancient world as body art. Henna was used extensively in ancient India, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. Henna was even used during the Biblical period, as the Bible referred to the queen of Shechem as a henna goddess. Henna tattoos have remained a popular choice for body art for centuries, and they have evolved over the years to become much more intricate and vibrant.