Is It Mehendi Or Is It Henna?

Some Call It Mehendi, Others Call It Henna..

Whatever you choose to call it…it is all the same.  Mehendi is the Indian word for Henna.

My Midsummer Mehendi magic!
Mehendi makes me more Mindfully aware of my hands:

The things I Touch
The things I Create
The things I Celebrate

What Is Henna?

Henna can mean a flowering plant, a dye, and body art.

Henna is made from the crushed leaves of the Henna evergreen plant. The dried leaves are crushed and made into a fine powder which is then mixed with other natural and acidic ingredients such as eucalyptus oil, lemon juice, or black tea to produce a red-ish brown dye.

Where I lived in Chennai, Southern India, Mehendi artists were plentiful. They offered their services in the malls, on street corners, at festivals and they would come to your house for bridal parties and private sessions.

I’ve had my fair share of Mehendi experiences in the 10 years my family and I lived in Chennai! I love the intricate henna patterns that make every movement of my hands and feet seem magical.

After relocating to Windsor Ontario Canada I didn’t expect to find my favourite Mehendi artist of all time!  But I did.

I am so happy to know you Soulful Henna!

Benefits

In India henna is specially applied on brides to ease their stress because it has cooling and calming effects on the body. Henna is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been used on hands to help alleviate arthritic pain.

Mehendi is fun and I find that it’s especially nice to have henna applied during the hot summer days, on auspicious occasions for an extra celebratory feeling, and also when I want an artful reminder to stay mindfully balanced.

Henna helps to improve hair health. It helps seal the hair cuticle, preventing breaking, and increasing the shine and appearance of the hair. It is also a natural treatment for dandruff as it has astringent properties.

 

   

 

Janet Haughton Quarshie

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