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Mehndi is a ceremonial art form, originated in ancient India. Intricate mehndi designs are generally applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The celebrations vary according to the customs, rituals, and culture of different countries and regions.
Traditional Hindu Weddings are often long, ritualistic, and elaborate. There can be many pre-wedding and post wedding ceremonies. The ceremony is primarily held at the bride’s house or at a banquet hall a few days before or the eve of the marriage. The events can be organized for the bride’s and groom’s families celebrate separately, or it may be organized and attended by both the bride and groom, in which a mehndi artist applies mehndi to the bride’s hands and feet. The designs are very intricate and often contain the initials of the groom hidden within the mehndi pattern.
Henna is also popular in Islamic culture. In the Middle East and Africa, it is common for women to apply henna to their fingernails, toenails, hands, and feet. The night before the wedding night is called “Henna night;” in which the bride is adorned with henna to celebrate her wedding. The bride and her close friends are decorated with henna.
In Western countries, it has become a popular alternative to a ‘hen party.’ Some families have “Mehndi nights”, or “henna nights”, similar to the ones in the Middle Eastern and African countries.
Henna during pregnancy is a soothing ancient tradition that is believed to help bring an easy birth and healthy child. Henna is believed to protect and bless the mother and child from any evil or malicious spirits that may be near during delivery. The red coloring of the dye and protective images used in the patterns guard against the evil eye and are thought to protect the pair during the child’s difficult passage into this world. As henna is being incorporated into modern culture, new traditions are being created. One new way women are using henna is to decorate the belly during pregnancy. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the body’s physical changes during pregnancy and embrace this special time. Baby showers and henna parties can be combined into a day of pampering and relaxation for the new expectant mom, her friends, and family.
Check with your medical provider before getting henna
This product contains NO chemical dyes, preservatives or additives and is generally safe for use during normal pregnancy, providing you are not high risk. Henna does not interfere with pulse oximetry readings, so there will be no problem wearing the finger clamp on hennaed fingers. Consult your medical provider if you have specific concerns.
Do not use henna if you suffer or have children who currently or previously suffer from the following conditions:
- G6DP Deficiency (Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency)
- Any Chronic or acute condition which affects the your blood system.
- Any Chronic or acute condition which affects your immune system
Chemo therapy treatments can be an emotional experience. The loss of hair can be a common, yet devastating effect of chemotherapy. The application of henna can make that transition less frightening. It allows patients to feel empowered to celebrate life, and gives a little boost of self-esteem. Henna is a creative substitution for the traditional scarves, hats, and wigs that are usually worn after the effects of chemo. Henna crowns allow patients to reclaim and decorate a part of the body that is usually perceived as damaged. The henna designs allow patients to enhance their natural beauty and feel feminine.
As with henna during pregnancy, you should check with your medical provider before getting henna if you have any concerns.