Henna (Mehdi) is the traditional art of decorating the hands and feet with a paste made from finely ground leaves of the henna plant. A small shrub botanically known as Lawsonia incrmis, found freely in India, Pakistan, North Africa and the Middle East. The plant is ground into a fine powder and mixed with hot water. Depending on the language of the country, mehdi, henna is known as Henna, Al-Henna, Al-Khanna, Mendee, Jamica Mignontte. Origin of (Mehdi) is not very certain , historians believe that it was discovered in the Middle East and North Africa around 5000 years ago.

Mughals brought it to India around the 12th century and subsequently it was refined into an art from. In earlier days , henna was used for medicinal as well as cosmetics purposes. In ancient Egypt a paste of henna was applied on the fingers and toes of Pharoahs before they were mummified while the Moroccans believed that rubbing henna on their Palms cooled the body. The cultural tradition, of course, varies from place to place.


The art of henna painting as emerged as a safe, fun, painless and temporary form of expression, it is a not a lifetime commitment and some people get henna tattoos before getting real ones to see if they actually like it or not. Henna 7 to 10 days depending on skin type. How much it is rubbed against how much you sweat.