It was the hissy fit heard around the country:
Well, itwasn'ta tattoo ... it was henna. The child had gotten her little hands decorated with flowers, swirlies and her name—Leah—as part of a school program designed to expose youngsters to other cultures.
Leah's mom had gotten en email advising that henna would be offered at the event, but to be fair, the school didn't give parents any details about henna ahead of time so that she could make an informed decision.
If a parent asked me if a henna party would be a good idea for their child, my answer would be "probably not." In this blog post, I'll answer why and give parents some good alternatives to traditional henna.
Safety and Health Issues
Henna - creating decorations on the skin with a paste made from the henna plant (lawsonia inermis) - has been used since the beginning of time and its safety record is unparalleled. In traditional cultures, it is often used on children, even infants, without incident.