Henna – a bronze age tattoo art

Henna is the name of a plant with a red-orange dye molecule that bond with the skin

hair and fingernails when applied, hence it has been used by body tattoo artists since the Bronze age (3300-1200 BC ) in the Mediterranean.

Today, henna (also called Mendhi) is still widely used by the Indian diaspora worldwide to decorate brides and for religious festivals.

Is it a surprise to you if I say Henna is

banned in the U.S.A.

where it is illegal to use or import.

Does that have anything to do with the fact that Henna is commercially cultivated in western India, Pakistan, Morocco, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Libya?