From Plants to Your Skin

The henna plant grows best in hot dry climates. It is harvested for its leaves, which can be used fresh or dried and ground into a powder. When they are ready to create patterns, the ground leaves are combined with water and a little lime juice. That paste goes into a paper cone. Then you gently squeeze the cone as you move the tip to draw. After two hours you can wash off the paste. The stain is light at first but gets darker in about two days. Henna can cause serious allergic reactions in some people. On this website we recommend printing the pattern onto tee shirts, laser etching into pendants, or other ways of sharing your creations.