For over five thousand years henna has been a symbol of good luck, health and sensuality in the Arab world. The plant has been associated with positive vibes and provides a link to an ancient age full of good and bad spirits, Baraka and Jnoun. Generations of women have used a paste made primarily of dried ground henna leaves to cover their hands and feet with designs ranging from simple blobs to intricate geometric patterns designed to ward off evil, promote fertility and attract good energy. The dye used to create the beautiful designs you see on my cousin's hands, pictured above, is made from dried, ground henna leaves and various other ingredients, which you can investigate further on my recipe page.
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