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Henna

Lawsonia inermis

Temporary body decoration with henna

The Indian name for henna is mehendi, it’s a medium sized multiple branching shrub with small pinkish white flowers in bunches. The leaves, flowers, seeds and bark of the plant are the useful parts and are used for medicinal as well as cosmetic purposes. When crushed, the leaves leave a fragrant and pleasant smell behind. Leaves are used both in fresh as well as dry form. The name henna arrived from the Arabian word hina, meaning scent.

Henna is cultivated in many parts of world, most commonly in India. The leaves contain coloring matter, which leaves behind a reddish colour and pleasing odour. A paste prepared from fresh crushed leaves or from

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St. John’s Wort

Hypericum Perforatum

Also known as Hypericum, Amber and Klamath weed, St. John’s Wort has gained significant attention in recent times, due largely to its antidepressant quality. However, it has a long history of usage, both as a healing herb and as a magical herb with protection qualities. The yellow flowers produce a red liquid when crushed, which was said to represent the blood of St. John the Baptist, who was beheaded.

The association probably came about because the plant flowers at midsummer, 24 June in the Northern Hemisphere, which is the feast day of St. John. In medieval times, it was said that putting St. John’s Wort under one’s pillows on Midsummer’s Eve would ensure that the sleeper would not

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