Many know Henna only from the color effect and the tattoos that one can make with it. But Henna can do much more and this knowledge is unfortunately forgotten. Henna, for example, has antiperspirant and cooling properties and contains many healing agents. If you want to cool off a little on hot summer days, you can rub the soles of your feet with Henna Paste. The cooling effect is not only limited to the soles of the feet, but can be felt throughout the entire body. Most frequently a brew from the henna leaves is used as a proven remedy for rheumatism, stomach pain and colds.
This brew is also a very good remedy for women who have just given birth to a child, because henna regulates the cycle very quickly.
Making henna yourself is a very good idea, because many manufacturers of henna ready-mixes add phenylenediamine (PPD) to intensify the colour. This chemical can cause allergies and is even considered carcinogenic. Pure henna itself is hardly allergenic, but you should check it, for example, at the skin in the crook of your arm to see if you are allergic to henna. Simply sprinkle some henna powder into the crook of your arm and rub it in and wait 72 hours for safety. If there has been no allergic reaction within 72 hours, then you can use henna without hesitation.
Henna paste to make yourself
200 ml water
2 tbsp black tea
3 tsp Henna powder
1 teaspoon essential eucalyptus oil
lemon or lime juice
How to make the henna paste
Boil the water in a pot and add the tea. Leave this infusion to brew for at least 2 hours, but it is best to let it infuse all night so that it becomes strong. Pour the tea through a sieve and filter out all the loose ingredients.
Pour 3 tsp henna powder into a cup and drizzle the essential eucalyptus oil over it without mixing the ingredients. Add a few drops of lemon juice or lime juice and about 3 tablespoons of the filtered and heated tea and mix with the henna powder and the eucalyptus oil, removing all lumps. Add the tea until the desired consistency is obtained. Leave the Henna Paste in an airtight plastic can for at least 2-3 hours, if necessary seal with cling film. It is best to let the Henna Pasta stand the whole night. Shortly before applying the paste, stir again briefly and if necessary add some tea for a smooth consistency.