The art of henna—called mehndi in Hindi and Urdu—has been practiced in Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Middle East for over 5000 years. Henna painting is an ancient form of body art still practiced in Africa. The artist makes a paste from the leaves of the henna plant and uses the paste to create designs on a person’s hands and feet. Henna as a cosmetic dye for hair may be gaining popularity in the Middle East and North Africa due to its use in modern products. Henna is still used by women in Morocco, Pakistan, and the Arabian Peninsula as a decorative stain on their hands, feet, and nails. People living in scorching desert settings used it first for its built-in cooling capabilities.