A Note on Pre-Mixed Henna, Henna Kits, and Essential Oils

Beware of tubes of pre-mixed henna or henna kits. These packages may contain ingredients that could cause sever allergic reactions. You do not know what the manufacturer has put in their henna to ensure dark stains. At the worst, pre-mixed henna may include PPD's (see the section on black henna), otherwise it may contain essential oils that will cause adverse reactions. Many people are allergic to essential oils, especially nut extracts, eucalyptus, and clove oil.

If you do want to use essential oils you should be aware that all essential oils should not be applied to the skin undiluted. Be sure to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil (which can be obtained from anywhere that sells massage oils), or just use olive oil. The dilution should be a drop or two of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.

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