The Only Henna Recipe You'll Ever Need,
is also the Safest!
What's the Secret Ingredient to Paste Perfection? Lemon juice? Mahalabiya oil? Cloves steeped in Black Tea by the light of the Full Moon? Camel urine? Freshly fallen snow melted over a wood stove by maidens?
Heck, just throw it all in there and say three Hail Marys. Something's gotta give, right?
I bet you have bought henna powder from eBay or Amazon or your local Indian grocer, followed one of these random and complicated recipes from the internet and hoped for the best. And it failed, am I right? Otherwise you wouldn't be here!
Would you be relieved to know that you don't need to be camped out under a grumpy camel, or scouring Amazon to save two dollars?
Ok, we're almost there, but first I have some bad news. You knew it was coming because you were nodding along while reading this. That "mystery henna" you have in your cupboard, throw it out. Do it now. I'll still be here when you come back.
No amount of "secret ingredients" that can save a stale or poor-quality henna powder. You will absolutely need to start with high-quality, fresh henna, such as our Organic Rajasthani Henna. The stuff you get at the Indian market, health food store, Amazon or eBay may not be Body Art Quality, or it may be stale or contain chemicals or other additives. Does the price seem too good to be true? Then it probably is...
Ingredients for 20 cones of fresh henna:
100 grams fresh Organic Rajasthani Henna Powder
30ml pure essential oil of Tea Tree (enhances the stain and slows the demise of the paste)
3 Tablespoons Sugar (this helps the henna stick better)
Distilled/purified water or rain water, room temperature
Watch the video below if you like to learn by watching!
Micro-Mini Henna Recipe:
One Tablespoon henna
One Teaspoon essential oil
One Teaspoon sugar
Water to consistency
Written out Directions:
Add your dry ingredients (henna powder and sugar) to bowl or mixer.
2. Add some water and mix into a thick paste. Cover and let sit for 15-30 minutes to allow the liquid to begin absorbing. We’ll thin it out later.
Step 3 – Add your essential oil, and then continue to add water, a little bit at a time until a pudding-like consistency is achieved.
Step 4 – Mix thoroughly until all the lumps are gone. Optional: strain the paste through a stocking to remove any remaining sediment or unmixed portions (the video above shows the straining process).
Step 5 – Transfer your paste to a carrot or pastry bag and fill up your henna cones. Freeze any paste that you don’t plan to use immediately.
Henna all ready to go! Now, if you didn't order your supplies yet, what are you waiting for? Now that you know it's not rocket science, stop making excuses, and get some good stuff!
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let us know what you think of our recipe!