The Henna has a big story and history in the Moroccan life, it symbolizes purity, and stands for joy and happiness; Moroccan say that the henna Plant came from Heaven, this is why it is associated with all their most important celebrations such as weddings, births …etc, and even in some important rituals of their normal life. The henna plant grows in Morocco, and in most North Africa; the green leaves of the Henna are left to dry and then they are ground to make a fine powder.
The Henna powder is usually mixed with water and lemon juice to make a thick creamy paste. Depending on the region, or how / where / what the henna should be used for , it can be mixed with other beauty plants, or ingredients like roses, Cloves…etc. and also depending on the occasion ,the color of the Henna should differ. In Morocco is mostly used by women to decorate both their hands and feet; different patterns are used, and new patterns have been created to satisfy all tastes.
It is also usual that women in Morocco use the Henna to color their hair or simply take care of it, as well as it is used in the weekly hammam rituals. The Henna on the hand or feet can be used naturally, or some people tend to mix it with some chemicals, so it gets darker quickly , but it is up to you if you want it to be natural or use chemicals with it, it is always better to ask before you try it. I used the Henna Tattoo myself at the Jammaa El fna Square, I left it for 15 minutes before it dries, then I cleaned it, it got even darker the following day it and it lasted on my hands for 2 weeks ,so pretty.