Henna has a long tradition since1500 BC. Henna paste is made from the leaves of the lawsonian inermis plant, also called henna or hina.
Usually Indian women decorate their hands and feet with Mehendi at the time of marriages and festivals. The designs vary depending on the occasion and the type of celebration, mehndi stands for good luck and protection. Another belief is that the darker the bride’s mehendi, the more the mother-in-law will love her new daughter.
It has also long been used in ayurvedic medicines because of its cooling properties and is considered an anti-irritant and antiseptic, and also used for hair dying too.