Mehendi or Henna Meaning | History of Henna | Usage of Henna

Henna Leaves


Henna or commonly known as Mehendi has its origin in ancient times it is obtained from the dry leaves of henna plant which is later turned into Henna Powder. People in different parts write Henna as ‘Mehendi’, ‘Mehndi’, ‘Mehandi’ but all are the same.


Historians believe that it has widely come in use only since past 1500 years and has been used as a beauty product ever since. The other word used for henna in the Indian subcontinent is Mehendi and is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Mendhika’. Although it’s know that the usage of henna is a common practice since roughly 1500 years but the place or origin is still a point of discussion for Historians.


The places where henna is commonly used are Middle East, African, South Asia here henna has been used for various purposes. It is said that the henna was also used in the making of ancient mummy of Egypt. In ancient times henna has been also used for many other medical purposes because its organic and has the power of medicines. Historians have proved that in Egypt while discovery of mummies was still going on henna was one substance which was being used and it has been mentioned in many scriptures.

Today, we see henna being used so commonly for so many purposes and has become part of every household.


Henna is being used in India for various purposes but traditionally it is being used to personify the beauty of woman across the globe. Traditionally in India usage of henna is a great part of a women’s life as they apply it on their hand and legs as a traditional art form to make their hand look beautiful with colourful patterns and designs.

We can understand the importance of henna in India by the fact that there is a ceremony in Indian weddings named after henna known as ‘Mehendi’ where everyone who is present in the marriage is suppose to get henna designed on their hands and at times legs as well.

Other than marriage ceremonies, henna has traditionally been used as a natural organic hair dye to colour the white hair without any chemical involved. This is the biggest reason why so many people prefer henna over chemical Induced hair colours.

Across the globe there are different patterns of designing henna on hand, from the floral design of the Middle East to the hand and feet design of North Africa or our very own lines and patters on hand and feet commonly used in Indian subcontinent. Henna has all the aesthetics and natural ingredients to make it one of the most loved organic cosmetic products in all over the world and is close to many people’s heart because of the memories involved.