Jagua is an indigenous fruit from the South and Central American rain forest, especially from the Peruvian Amazon jungle. It is scientifically known as Genipa Americana and it has been used as a body art expression by the Shipibo Tribe; the oldest ethnic group in the Peruvian Amazon jungle for over 2,500 years. It’s also commonly known as Huito. From this unripe fruit is obtained a juice containing the Genipin substance which stains the skin with an amazing dark color.
Jagua Gel is widely used as a natural, safe tattoo ink by artists globally. Mixed with henna, temporary tattoo artists often create Hengua which combines the traditional Indian wedding–style art with the rich tones of jagua dye. Jagua has also been used for medicinal purposes as a diuretic and an antibiotic.
Jagua Gel is prepared from either Jagua Juice or Jagua Powder. To convert Jagua Juice or Jagua Powder into gel, it is recommended to use high quality ingredients. You would need: a thickener (Xanthan gum) and essential oils of your choice (Lavender, Rosemary Tea, Eucalyptus, etc).