Henna leaves crushed

Couleurs de plantes
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Indicative colour


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Vegetal powder (ref C28)

Scientific name: Lawsonia inermis L.
French name: Henné
English name: Henna
Botanical origin: Western India
Crop production: India, Morocco
Part of plant used: leaves


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INCI name: Lawsonia inermis
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Documents available

  • Analysis report
  • Technical specifications
  • Material Safety Data Sheet
  • Raw material information data sheet

Historical importance

The use of the dye henna plant is very old, Egyptian women mummies found in tombs had dyed henna nails.

Henna is quoted in the Bible as kofer for its fragrance properties.

Andalusian poetry of the eleventh century sings henna as a hair and body dye, and as a textile dye. The dye was identified in textiles from the 15th to the 19th century in different parts of the world

Today henna is widely used as ceremonial body painting (hair, nails, skin tattoo).


The main coloring molecule is the lawsone red-orange. Dried leaves contain from 0,5% to 3% of their weight.
One can also find some flavonoïds,: lutheolin, apigenin, acacetin.

Crop production – Manufacturing

Henna is a shrub from India and spread widely in all tropical and subtropical regions. We do have producer partners in South India and Morocco

Henna can be harvested at least twice a year: the plant is cut a little above the ground; the branches are dried and then beaten to separate the leaves.

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