Henna is a bush that produces red dye
from its leaves.  The leaves are ground,
mixed into a paste which is applied to the
skin in intricate patterns.  The resulting
stain is known as mehndi.  The stain is
usually a reddish brown to brown color
after the paste is removed.  
Henna dates back over 9,000 years old.  It was used by the Egyptians from the days of the Pharoahs and pyramids.  
Nefertiti and Cleopatra were known to have used henna and traces have been found on mummies.  Mehndi has been
used in cultural and religious practices by Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and more.  It is currently used in over 60
countries including regions of India, Morocco, the Middle East, Africa, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, United States,
and others.  Henna is thought to ward off evil, Mehndi is applied for celebrations and holidays.  It is applied to the hands
and feet of brides for marriage.  It is a show of wealth, beauty and brings good luck, fertility and love.  And don't forget,
no housework is to be done while the bridal henna is visible (or that is what the custom dictates).
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