The beauty of Henna

         Quick side note: sorry for being inactive these last couple of weeks! I’m in America for the next 2 and a half months (why? Just to do some travelling!) so I haven’t found time to keep up to date with this little blog. But that changes starting today! 🙂 

      Something I only discovered this year is the art of henna. While strolling through Camden Market earlier this year in North London I was attracted by the bright décor of a modest Indian Gift Shop. While admiring all the trinkets and gifts of a culture that is far different from mine, I came across some henna tubes. Me knowing nothing of henna questioned my friend who told me of the different tattoo styles that you can create with henna.

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           I later found out that henna is served as a symbol of good luck and health and made primarily of dried ground henna leaves. Henna is big in India culture and Arab world, and is usually applied for special occasions such as Hindu weddings. But according to Klipsun magazine “every year henna is becoming more mainstream and popular to people who aren’t culturally raised”

          Henna is not only a pretty design though , it holds a lot of meanings. For weddings both the bride and groom apply the henna to symbolize the strength of their love. The darker it is, the deeper their love in the marriage will be.

 Henna being on different part of the body also holds meaning: *palm – images of opening and offering (usually the sun, flowers)   *left hand – female     *right hand – male    *feet – the feet are recognized as a point of divine contact, considered a holy junction, where human being and Earth meet.

          Different symbols and images also represent individual meanings.

Peacocks– beauty    Swans– success    Birds– messengers between heaven and earth    Parrots– messengers of love     Butterflies– transformation    Flowers– joy and happiness    Lotus blossoms– grace, beauty, creativity and the awakening of the human soul   Vines and leaves– entwined lives

           I bought a spare tube with me back to Ireland and last week I took it out to do some designs.

Henna should last for a fortnight. My own lasted a week, but that’d because I picked the paste off whe it became dried and cracked instead of letting it fall off naturally.

ADVICE: black henna can be dangerous as it contains chemicals found in hair dye and is known for causing scarring. I would avoid black henna and just use natural henna which is a dark brown colour

Bye for now! X

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