Mehendi (also spelled as Mehndi) or Henna is a South Asian art form of temporary skin decoration which is popular in many communities. The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhika. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Vedic ritual books. Mehendi is an important Vedic custom as a symbolic representation of the Outer and the Inner Sun. Traditional mehndi designs draw the sun on the palm, which in this context represents the mind. Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu occassions like Weddings, Karwa Chauth, Diwali Bhai Dooj and Teej.
Henna powder is made from drying leaves of the Henna plant, and then crushing them, which are later made into a paste by adding essential herbal ingredients and oils. The paste is then filled into plastic cones and designs are applied traditionally to hands and feet which leaves a beautiful natural stain once dry. The fresh Henna stain is orange in color which goes on getting darker for the next 24 hours. The best way to get a dark stain is to avoid washing it water or excessive scrubbing.
There are many variations and types in mehndi designs. A popular term for mehndi nowadays ‘Henna Tattoo’ is becoming more and more used as Henna application is gaining popularity all across the globe. Henna can be done anywhere on as a beautiful form of ‘Body Art’ and is becoming more and more popular as it is 100% natural and herbal.
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