Henna Essential Oil

Henna Essential Oil

Henna, which comes from the Lawsonia inermis, also known as Mehndi and referred to as “Camphire” (not to be confused with Camphor) in the Bible comes from fragrant white flowers grown in clusters. It carries a delicate sweet licorice note deep that creates a marvelous perfume with an orange tone. In Israel, this treasured fragrance was used for skin aliments to treat serious skin conditions such as leprosy and boils. In Egypt, it is rubbed over body to keep cool. Henna played another important part of the Egyptian life as well. In making a fashion statement, they used it to stain their nails red as well as other parts of the body. To not do so, one would be considered uncivilized and inferior. 
 
henna_bride_fragrance_of_the_bride_cover_op_415x600In ancient times a bride in the Middle East would apply this spice as a paste to her hands and feet the night before her wedding. This practice has begun to resurface as American brides decorate their body with temporary henna art for their wedding. Today, henna is commonly used for tattooing and is a secret ingredient in Campho Phenique an orangey red liquid used on minor cuts and scrapes. 
 
“My lover is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi” – Songs of Songs 1:14
 
Biblical References: Song of Solomon 1:14, Song of Solomon 4:13
 
Hebrew Word: Hebrew Word: Henna (Camphire)
3724 rp,Ko kopher {ko’-fer} 
Meaning: 1) price of a life, ransom, bribe 2) asphalt, pitch (as a covering) 3) the henna plant, name of a plant (henna?) 4) village
 
Blends well with: Neroli, Tonka Bean Absolute, Lavender, Blue Chamomile, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang and various spice oils.
 
Note in perfumery: Base note 
 
CAUTION: Leaves a tint to skin.
Camphire Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant Origin: Egypt, India
 
Medical Properties: Antibacterial, antitumor, emmenagogue, rejuvenating, relaxant, stimulant (hair growth). Used to induce menstruation or uterine contractions, screen the sun, clear the mind. Used for meditation and dye for the skin.
 
Traditional Uses: Skin tinting, dyes.
 
Application: Bath, ceremonial rituals, massage.
 
Caution: Avoid in pregnancy and with infants and children. 
 
 
Henna’s Spiritual Significance
The Hebrew word for camphire (henna) means a ransom, with its root word meaning to forgive. 
 
In the Middle East, a bride applies the spice of henna as a paste to her hands and feet on the night before her wedding. This spice yields a red stain which signifies the ransom of sinners who through the shedding of Yeshua’s blood on the tree.
 
In Isaiah 43:3-4 it says:
 
For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba (Sheba) for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: there-fore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
 
Think for a moment about what the hands and feet of our Lord did for us. His were stained with blood for the forgiveness of sins and as a ransom for His bride.  
 
For the believer, the hands signify work and the feet represent the way in which we walk. Our lives are to give forth the sweet fragrance of the Messiah’s sacrifice on the tree as our ransom for sin.
 
1 Timothy 2:6 tells us: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
 
The way we walk and behave toward all men and our acts of deeds and charity emits a fragrance for the world to savor. Ephesians 5:2 says, And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.
 
Ephesians 5:3-4 go on to say what is a stench in the nostrils of Yahweh:
 
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
 
Through the triumph of the tree, Yeshua’s resurrection gives us victory over the enemies of God (1 John 5:4; Hebrews 2:13). The bride price and ransom He paid was very costly and is represented by saffron, a most expensive spice.  
 
In the Song of Solomon 4:12-14, Solomon responds to the Shulamite with these words:
 
A garden enclosed [is] my sister, [my] spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants [are] an orchard pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.
 
Our garden is a private garden with walls, for Him only. It is for His pleasure and His friends, the Heavenly Father, and the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) to partake of our fruit, indicating the Messiah is being fruitful in our life.
 
The Shulamite continues in Song of Solomon 4:16:
 
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, [that] the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
 
The Shulamite bride cries out to Yah to blow upon her garden. She feels confident He will be with her regardless of any situation she will face. Whether the circumstances are harsh (north wind) or pleasant (south wind), the bride’s heart will grow in maturity with her Beloved, emitting a fragrance from her soul.