Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves and twigs of henna plant.
It is used since ancient time to color skin, hair, fingernails, leather, and wool. The name Henna is also used for dye or paste derived from the leaves of the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing from those paste. The English name “henna” comes from the Arabic حــنــا, pronounced ħinnā.
When this paste is applied on the skin and left for few hours, it leaves orange to dark maroon stain in the skin which fades away in 7 to 14 days.
Applying the paste takes 5 to 10 minutes depending of course of the size of the design.