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Henna, a shrub producing masses of small, white, heavily fragrant flowers, has been widely used as a cosmetic from ancient times until present. It is popular in the Middle East as a dye which is applied in intricate patterns on the hands and feet of brides. The whole unbroken leaves of henna will not stain the skin; however, when they are broken or crushed the color is released to stain the skin. The mention of the alluring fragrance of Henna is quite appropriately found in the beautiful love song of the Bible, Song of Songs 1:14. It is a smell you can fall in love with instantly, and is thought to be the source of Cleopatra's famous captivating perfume. The root word for henna is derived from an Arabic word meaning emotional tenderness. We, like the henna leaves and flowers, can become spiritually tender and extremely fragrant when we submit to the breaking of our own wills in true repentance before the Lord.
Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
The Hebrew word on the label is "Kadosh," meaning Holy. Anointing with oil is an act of consecration, a setting apart of people, places and things for G-d's special purposes, making them Holy unto the Lord.