Henna is the poetry of the body.

Henna Safety

Henna Safety
Natural Henna is Safe Henna

At Divine Henna we use henna paste prepared by ourselves so that we know exactly what goes into it. Our recipe includes

  • organic henna powder
  • organic essential oils (lavender, cajput or tea tree)
  • Lemon juice or water
  • dextrose or sugar

We NEVER use so called Black Henna  due to its possible hazardous health effects.  

All images on this website which show henna as black are simply henna in its first stage as a paste, the result is a red, brown or maroon colour. Any henna that does not result in  a shade of red or brown is not henna! Be careful. White henna and gold henna are also in use now but are generally body art quality media lasting 1-5 days and usually safe. Ask your artist for their ingredients if in doubt.

Application of henna paste; the paste appears black when dry, it is removed after several hours leaving hues of orange or brown, never black.
Henna should leave a colour ranging in varieties of maroon, orange or brown.
Black Henna Warning
Anything that leaves a black result on your skin after day 1 is dangerous.


Black henna is not actually henna but has a chemical additive to leave a black result. This chemical is called PPD, para-phenylenediamine. PPD is a synthetic coal tar dye that can cause mild to severe reactions. Amongst its reactions are blistering, scarring, and other lifelong health problems. This chemical is accumulative which means that even if you don’t react the first time the build up of the chemical may mean you can react if exposed again. Even if there is no immediate reaction PPD is carcinogenic and should be avoided at all costs.

For the most detailed account of Black Henna and its effects refer to this page.


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Pregnancy Safety
Is henna safe for use in pregnancy?

As a natural dye, henna body art is a safe way for women to mark the occasion of immanent motherhood. It can also be a therapeutic and relaxing way to celebrate with family and friends.

However, if you have had any blood pressure problems or in particular suffer G6DP Deficiency (Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency) or Hyperbilirubinemia henna should be avoided. Consult your midwife or doctor before receiving henna if you have anemia, chronic blood or immune system problems. If you have any children with these problems it is also advisable to avoid henna during pregnancy.

When choosing a henna artist, I recommend looking for someone who makes their own natural henna. You should make sure that they use pregnancy safe essential oils such as lavender and no chemical additives.


In any case black henna should always be avoided as it has chemical additives which are unsafe pregnant or not.(On this website henna is pictured as appearing black but this is simply the paste which is removed leaving an orange, red-brown or coffee coloured result.)

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