000184_largeInteresting Mehndi (henna) facts

 

  1. Henna is a woody shrub that can reach 6 to 25 feet in height. It produces numerous branches with sharp spines on the tips. Henna is perennial plant, which means that it can survive more than 2 years in the wild
  2. Leaves of the plant have been used to colour skin and hair for over 5000 years
  3. In Egypt pharaohs who passed away were painted with henna in order to live a great afterlife and be easily identified.
  4. Henna was also used in the cave art in the past. One of oldest cave paintings made of henna (dating back to 400 years BC) can be seen in Ajanta, India
  5. Henna has a lot of medicinal properties – it can be used in treatment of blisters on the skin, rash, fever, athlete’s foot, headaches, fever and ringworm
  6. Henna was used for colouring of drum skins, leather, silk and wool in the past
  7. Flowers of henna were used for the manufacture of perfumes in the ancient times. This practice is still popular in the Middle East
  8. Henna shows up differently on every part of the body, achieving a darker shade on the soles of the feet and a lighter colour on the upper arm or shoulder
  9. In South Asian weddings the ‘Mehndi Night’ is an important pre‐wedding function, attended by all the women relations and friends of the bride. Men are not generally part of this event.
  10. It is believed that the deeper the colour of the mehndi on the bride’s hands, the stronger the love between husband and wife
  11. Bridal motifs include symbols of love, fertility, loyalty, prosperity and good luck
  12. Romantic brides embed their husband’s initials in an intricate design, which he has to find on the wedding night.
  13. Muslim styled henna is typical of floral patterns and negative spaces
  14. Hindu styled henna is typical of intricate patterns, geometric shapes, and the use of peacocks, mangos, parrots, ranis, Ganesha, and name writing
  15. Henna is an important aspect of warding off the evil eye in Islamic and Jewish traditions. The more henna and intricate the patters on a bride’s hands and feet, the harder it is for the evil eye to find its way to a bride’s forehead
  16. Moroccan women celebrating Id al-Adha wear henna to celebrate springtime and the ritual sacrifice
  17. Rural North African people still use henna twigs as toothpicks to keep their gums and teeth healthy
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