Where Our Henna Comes From
Practiced for over 5,000 years, the act of painting the body with preparations made from the crushed leaves of the henna plant—whether it be in preparation for a special occasion or in celebration of a particular event—has always been done with the assumption that the act would engender good fortune, happy results, and good feelings.
You can’t make good henna tattoos without good raw materials. The North African country of Morocco is one of the most important regions in the world for the commercial production of this plant. Earth Henna has been buying freshly harvested hennafor our mehndi tattoo kits from the same Moroccan supplier since 1998. This is a trusted source, so you can be sure our henna powder is natural, unadulterated, and of the highest quality.
Mehndi: Body Painting with Henna
For thousands of years, mehndi—the art of henna painting on the body—has been practiced ritualistically and cosmetically in India, Africa, and the Middle East, where the henna plant is believed to bring love and good fortune, and to protect against evil. Mehndi is traditionally practiced for wedding ceremonies, during important rites of passage, and in times of joyous celebration. A paste made from the crushed leaves of the henna plant is applied to the skin; and when removed several hours later, it leaves beautiful markings on the skin that fade naturally over 1 to 3 weeks.
Henna Use in the Past
It is truly steeped in tradition. Besides being the key ingredient in henna kits, henna has also been used to dye the manes and hooves of horses, and to color wool, silk, and animal skins, as well as men's beards. Studies of mummies dating back to 1200 BC show that henna was used on the hair and nails of the pharaohs!
Until the art of mehndi became hot news in 1996, henna was mostly used in the United States as a hair dye. Widely recognized now as a wonderful way to dye the skin and to achieve the look of a tattoo (without the permanence!), traditional henna uses and application processes have gone contemporary. Although some will always prepare their own henna paste, henna kits of excellent quality, with foolproof instructions and convenient stencils, can be purchased directly from this website.
Earth Henna Tattoo Kits Are Fun and Easy!
Mehndi designs can be small or large, simple or intricate, pictorial or abstract, mystical or whimsical—but they are always pleasing to the eye. Now you too can enjoy designing in this ancient tradition with easy-to-use Earth Henna tattoo kits and body painting accessories. Our kits include:
- henna kit powder
- mixing solution
- plastic cone bag
- applicator bottle with fine tip
- flat toothpicks for touch-ups
- tattoo stencil designs
- thermal stencil transfer sheet
Just about any part of the body can be painted with our specially formulated all-natural henna mixture: hands, fingers, feet, face, legs, arms, back, belly, and everything in between. Best of all, our henna tattoo kit leaves a stain on the skin that fades away after only a few weeks.
So whether you want to simply try out this fascinating and exotic art form…or make a bold fashion statement…or please your lover…henna mehndi body art is the safe—and fun—alternative to permanent tattoos.