History and Facts
Henna body painting is an ancient art dating back thousands of years.
Henna is probably the most widely used cosmetic of all times. The earliest
dates back to around 1200 BC when the Egyptians were
their fingernails and hair. The tradition then spread
to the Middle East, India and
other South East Asian countries.
Henna tradition spans many countries and religions, but the design details
from culture to culture. Generally, Indian designs are made up
of finely drawn
and floral patterns, Arabic concentrate on larger
floral motifs and African
designs include bold geometric shapes.
Painting henna designs on the hands & feet is a long-established practice in
where the art form is called Mehndi. The mehndi craze sprang up a
years ago after Madonna had her hands elaborately decorated for her
video Frozen. Overnight, henna body art went from an oriental cultural tradition
a global business and tourist pursuit.
Uses of Henna
Henna as a Healer
In all the hot countries, henna has
been used as a cooling
agent to relieve people from the scotching heat.
It cures headache and is also
to calm the nerves and bring health
and beauty to the person. It is also
believed to destroy any evil eye
and bring heath and joy to the wearer.
as a conditioner – Henna has been used for hair dyeing and
conditioning purposes throughout history.
Henna as a beauty aid in body art - used to accentuate the
of hands and feet.
Henna goes trendy – cutting edge, cool, painless and temporary
of the modern woman. With glitter, it adds sparkle
to the design.
The meaning of color
All colors have a symbolic meaning: red is fire, orange represents the
ochre is blood and pink signifies the earth. Natural henna
is always a dark red,
reddish brown or orange color. It is never black.
Black Henna warning
Henna is NOT black. Some people add toxic chemical dyes to the natural
to get a black color. It might contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD)
cause serious blisters or sores on the skin.
All symbols start with the seed from which everything grows. Here are
Joining lines- duality of life
Triangle upwards – active male symbol representing fire and ascend
Triangle downwards – passive female symbol of water and grace
Star – presence of divinity and hope
Five-pointed star – five elements of fire, water, earth, air and
Square – stability, honesty and shelter
Diamond – enlightenment
Octagon – protection
Cross – cosmic symbol
Circle- denoted wholeness
Crescent moon- newborn baby
Sun – knowledge and immortality
Lotus – chastity, tree of life, womanhood, pure, clean
Peacock – love, desire, passion
Paisley – beauty, virginity
Palm branches – fertility
Right eye – sun (masculine power)
Left eye- moon (feminine power)
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