6 Best Benefits Of Mehndi Oil | What Is It And How To Use It

Understand how to use this wonder oil to alleviate stress, darken mehndi, and more.

By Nisha BaghadiaNisha Baghadia  • 

We all love Mehndi, and come to think of it, one of the reasons why girls absolutely love the festive and wedding season is because of the chance to show off some lovely mehndi designs. Though you may be in love with decorating your hands with mehendi, you are probably unaware of the many benefits of mehendi oil.

Mehndi, also known as henna, is made from the leaves of the mehndi shrub that is indigenous to South Asia. The shrub also grows in Australasia and Africa. It is a thorny shrub with tiny leaves and thrives in subtropical climes. When the dried leaves are mixed with essential oils or water, the paste imparts a burgundy red colour. The reason that mehndi is very popular is because it is used very commonly in weddings in South Asia. The paste made from dried leaves and oil is used to decorate the bride’s body. In some cultures, even the groom’s hands are decorated with mehndi paste, as it is considered auspicious.

If you want to make your drab looking mehndi paste more vibrant and rich, you definitely need mehndi oil.

What is Mehndi Oil?

Bottle of mehndi oil extracted from tea tree

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Mehndi leaves contain a natural acid called hennotannic acid. This is the acid that works as a dye in mehndi. The acid does not dissolve in water and hence, you will not be able to get a rich and lustrous color when you make a paste of mehndi leaves with henna water. What you need is mehndi oil!

Did you know that mehndi is in fact categorized as an essential oil? Mehndi oil is an essential oil and can be extracted from tea tree, ravensara and cajeput. This oil contains high levels of terpenes, which are naturally produced by the plants. The terepenes in the oil help produce a darker stain from the mehndi.

Mehndi oil is also known as tattoo oil, and it has a rich orange color to it and a luscious floral aroma.

Benefits of Mehndi Oil:

Bride with rich and dark-colored mehndi stain

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  1. Mehndi oil with high levels of terpenes, especially monoterpene alcohols, can ensure your mehndi stains darker. Once you make a paste of mehndi leaves and you see the dye being released, add a small amount of the mehndi oil to the paste. This will help the dye from the henna produce a dark stain that will make your tattoo or mehndi design look gorgeous. Its stain can be extremely eye-catching, if that is what you are after.
Quick Tip
Lemon-sugar mix and mustard oil are natural alternatives to mehndi oil to darken the mehndi stain.
  1. Mehndi oil is widely used for aromatherapy. If you are feeling stressed or depressed, using a little bit of mehndi oil use can relax you or elevate your mood.
  2. You can even add a little bit of mehndi oil to your bath water to help you relax in the bathtub or have a soothing effect on the skin.
  3. Essential oils are known to alleviate itchiness and dry skin and can be a great accompaniment to your lotion or moisturizer in winter.
  4. You can use mehndi oil as a room fragrance. This can be handy if you are trying to mask odours or give the room a sweet smell.
  5. Mehndi oil can be used to treat certain skin conditions. Usually, in winter months, people suffer from dry and itching skin or scalp. Applying a little bit of mehndi oil can help alleviate the dryness and itchiness from the skin or scalp. Just rub in some mehndi oil and you will feel fresh and cool!

How to Use Mehndi Oil?

Bowls of mehndi powder and bottles of essential mehndi oils

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  • The rule of the thumb is to add 1 to 3 ml of mehndi oil in 10g of mehndi powder. Do not exceed this quantity.
  • If you are pregnant, avoid using mehndi oil, as it can be dangerous for your baby. Before using the oil, consult your obstetrician.
  • It is best to perform a patch test before using the oil. This will show whether you are allergic to it.

Infographic: Henna (Mehndi) Hair Oil Recipe

Mehndi oil has many benefits and is a regular part of many South Asian home remedies. It is commonly used in hair massage for improved hair health. The good news is you can prepare mehndi oil from the convenience of your home. Check out the following infographic for more details.

henna (mehndi) hair oil recipe (infographic)

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Mehandi oil is the age oil secret behind achieving the rich, deep dark color of henna or Mehandi. It has a wide range of applications, whether it is used to dye your hair, draw elaborate designs on your hands or feet, or get a temporary tattoo. It is used in aromatherapy as well. Mehandi oil is popularly used to color your tresses. You need to add a few drops of this oil to your henna paste. Henna’s natural dark hue is dramatically enhanced, and you get a dark burgundy hair color.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is mehndi oil good for hair?

Yes, mehndi oil is good for hair. It may help promote hair growth and improve scalp health.

When should I apply mehndi oil?

Many people use mehndi oil on dry and chapped skin during the winter months. You can also add it to mehndi paste to get a dark stain.

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