Mehndi Traditions and Origins
Mehndi, or Heena, is a safe, temporary, all-natural body adornment. Natural heena will temporarily dye your skin a red/brown color and can last 1-4 weeks.
Heena comes from a plant, grown in dry, desert regions of the world, including India, Pakistan, Morocco and Yemen. The leaves of the plant are dried, ground into a powder and other ingredients are added to create a paste. This paste will dye the skin a dark reddish/brown color. Heena is known as Mehndi in Indian culture; this art is an ancient, transcending boundaries and belief systems, bringing people together into beautiful community.
Mehndi is a sacred art, traditionally a part of weddings, done for the bride, groom, guests and bridal party. Mehndi is also used in celebrations blessing pregnant mother-to-be’s and their growing baby and to mark any special ritual or rites of passage. Heena can be simply a fun, creative and safe way to temporarily decorate your body with designs unique to you, too. Depending on your intent the designs can be fun, beautiful designs all the way through very symbolic designs.
Beyond the beauty of heena designs, heena has medicinal uses. Heena is a healing plant that cools the skin. Heena can also be altered to heal certain ailments such as rashes and burns. A heena stain also acts as a natural sun screen. Heena is used to naturally dye the hair and as a conditioner.
Mehndi is a natural, beautiful, and healing art and is perfect for all celebrations and occasions. Join us and allow yourself to rest and meditate on the beginning of new life, transition in life, or simply the joy in life while heena is applied to your skin. Then as the Mehndi design stays with you for weeks later relish the celebration and happiness in your life!!!