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    Lawsone ~ From Lawsonia Inermis (henna leaves)

    Molecular Illustration for Lawsone

    Lawsone is the phytochemical constituent of henna leaves, (and hence henna powder) that is responsible for creating the henna stain. The higher the lawsone content of the henna leaves, the deeper the resulting stain produced by the henna powder will be. On average the laswone content of ‘good quality’ henna powder is somewhere between 1% and 2%. The higher the temperatures where the henna is cultivated is directly proportionate to the Lawsone content of the leaves. The higher the temperature, the higher the lawsone content percentage. This is why it is probably no surprise that the best quality henna powders come from some of the hottest regions of the world.

    Chemical Formula: C10H6O3
    Molecular Weight : 174.153g/mol
    CAS Number: 83-72-7
    EINECS Number:
    201-496-3

    Substance Name(s):

    • Lawsone
    • 2-Hydroxy-1,4-napthoquinone
    • 2-Hydroxy-1,4-naphthalenedione

    For research purposes it is always worth including as many names and synonyms as possible. Although for the most part henna , lawsonia inermis and lawsone are used in key documentation; there are many older documents that reference the other substance names and/or synonyms. You may also want to research the many common names for henna too.

    Substance Synonyms:

    • C.I. 75480
    • C.I. Natural Orange 6
    • 2-hydroxynapthoquinone
    • henna
    • Lawsone, sodium salt
    • lawsonin
    • NQ-2-OH
    • Sodium Lawsonate

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 at 2:27 pmand is filed under Biochemistry. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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