Looking at the ancient art of henna

The origins of henna: Henna has been used in its powder and paste forms as a natural dye and herbal remedy for thousands of years.

Mehndi: The term henna is Arabic and refers to both the plant and the substance extracted from the plant. 

The henna plant: Henna is derived from the fragrant henna plant, or lawsonia intermis. 

Henna products:Crushed henna leaves can be turned into a powder or paste that is usually a deep green. 

Color range: The result can range from faint orange to deep burgundy, depending on the quality of the henna.

Early medicinal use: Henna was also believed to have medicinal value, and was used to treat a wide range of ailments.

Developing into an artform: It was eventually observed that henna dyes the skin temporarily when left to sit for a while.

Ancient Egypt: In ancient Egypt, henna was used decoratively on the body as a beauty practice.

Ancient Egypt: However, the ancient Egyptians also used henna in their burial rituals.

Henna and celebration: As the use of henna evolved over the centuries, it adopted new significance and meaning in various cultures. 

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