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So as to get shining to the part of body


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The art of applying henna in the form of designs on  hands and feet is known as Mehndi and it is a very old custom and ancient art form of the Asian subcontinent which has historical importance . The propagators were the Mughals. The Mughals taught us all about the history of Mehndi and introduced it to India during 12th century AD.

  • During Indian weddings, a bit of clove oil, a few drops of lemon, and eucalyptus oil is also added to the Mehendi
  • Main function of oil is to darken the colour of the Mehendi as well as elevates it’s medicinal properties.
  • In system of religious rites of Moroccan culture , the patterns drawn with henna are viewed as a talismanThese patterns consist of crosses, triangles and diamonds, known as el ain, and are considered to defend the person from the evil eye.
  • Henna was used to stain the fingers and toes of Pharaohs in Egypt, prior to mummificationAccording to the  ancient Egyptians  henna improved human awareness of the earth’s energies, and hence it was utilized to help people keep in touch with their spirituality, for them to have a good afterlife, and also be easily identified. Nails coloured with henna also indicated a high social status
  • Henna has high antiseptic properties which can provide protection from viral diseases which is the  one of the reasons why Mehendi is applied to the bride and groom.
  • In Jewish and Islamic traditions, Henna is believed to ward off the evil eyeIn these cultures, it is believed that it is harder for the evil eye to find its way to the bride’s forehead, if the design patterns are more intricate.
  • Because of its  medicinal properties- it provides relief from stress, fever and headaches.This is also one of the reasons why Mehendi is applied to the bride- to relieve her from all the wedding stress. It also enhances the general health of the body and improves blood circulation.
  • In Indian Mythology, Parvati would decorate herself with Mehendi in order to please Shiva
  • .  In the Arab world, henna has symbolized love, sensuality and good luck for over 5000 yearsThe intricate patterns are designed for, and believed to attract good energy, promote fertility and ward off evil .
  • As of today, this ritual has evolved so as to bond and have fun with the entire family before the wedding
  • Mehendi indicates  the holy bond of matrimony and signifies the love between the couple and their familiesIt is said that the deep love between the bride-to-be and groom is represented by the darkness of the Mehendi colour after applying Mehendi .
  • Mehendi is also considered to be an aphrodisiac because of it’s defining smell and rich colour.
  • For body decorations, the leaves of the henna plant are dried, crushed into a fine powder, and made into a creamy paste using a variety of techniques.  This paste is then applied to the skin, staining the top layer of skin only.  In its natural state it will dye the skin an orange or brown color.  Although it looks dark green (or dark brown depending on the henna) when applied, this green paste will flake off revealing an orange stain.  The stain becomes a reddish-brown color after 1-3 days of application.  The palms and the soles of the feet stain the darkest because the skin is the thickest in these areas & contain the most keratin.  The farther away from hands and feet the henna is applied, the lesser the color.  The face area usually stains the lightest.   The designs generally last from 1-4 weeks on the skin surface depending on the henna, care and skin type.
 


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