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History
    • The history and origin of henna and its users are hard to track, with centuries of migration and cultural interaction making it difficult to determine where particular traditions began. Many hypotheses exist on its origin, one of which argues for its usage from as early as the Neolithic Age. Henna is known to have been used for cosmetic, dye, and medical purposes. In the 7th millennium BC, henna was used by the Neolithic people in Catal Huyuk to ornament their hands in connection with their fertility goddess. Remains from other earliest civilizations including Babylonians, Assyrians, Sumerians also proved that they have used henna.
  • Ancient Egyptians used henna to stain fingers and toes of Pharaohs prior to mummification. Many statuettes from Mycenae show the goddesses hands ornamented with henna. Also, evidences are found to show the henna was originated in ancient India. Some scholars argue that it came from South Africa. Evidences of henna used in religious practices can be found from animist, Jewis, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and hindu histories.
  • A number of paonting from the Middle Ages describe the queen of Sheba decorated with henna on her journey to meet Solomon. Cleopatra, an icon of beauty, is also known to have a craving for Henna.
    Henna was the source of Cleopatra’s famous seductive perfume, cyprinum, used to soak the sails of her barge before her first meeting with Antiny. During the late 1800s, a famous opera star Madame Patti has been credited with popularizing henna hair dye. She was famous both for her voice and her red hair color. She used henna to cover her gray hairs. As a result, more European women tried using henna on their hairs, nails and the soles of their feet during Victorian Era and henna become at the center of the European fashion.
  • What all the above hypotheses and stories have in common is that henna was used by the upper class including royal families, noblemen, scholars and clergies. They used henna in belief that it awes god, realizes wishes and brings happiness and health. This wide popularity of henna is because of its medical effect and implications on good health, fertility, wisdom, protection and spiritual enlightenment.