Henna likely originated in the Middle East,possibly in Egypt. Archaeological evidenceshows mummies dating back 5,000 years withhenna-covered toenails.For the Egyptians, henna was part of the ritualpreparationfor the afterlife—body art supposedlysmoothed the journey ahead.Henna was not limited to burial practices butwas used throught the culture.
During the New Kingdom,the nails of royalmummies and other high-status individuals wereoften hennaed. Thoughthe nails of Ramesses Ihave not been analyzedfor traces of henna, theyare a distinct deep orangecolor.
During life and in death henna was used by the Egyptians tocolor their hair as it is still used today. Ramses II used it tocolor his white hair to a more youthful auburn.The L’Oreal institute plucked out one of hairs to examine theroots, and found it to be naturally auburn when he wasyounger (even grey hair retains pigment in the roots). It washennaed in his old age to match the color of his youth.http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/mummies-and-mummy-hair-from-ancient-egypt/
The Mughals broughthenna to India in the12th Century A.D. Itevidently caught on,because by the timethe 1600s rolledaround,henna-covered handswere commonplacein India.http://www.indianbridesa.co.za/meaning_of_mehndi.htm
Henna body art is traditionally used in the Indian culture inceremonies related to marriage.In the Middle East it customary for Arabs not to present theirhands for henna if they are lying about something, and like inIndia, it is usually body paint for brides. In countries likeTurkey, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia henna is a symbol of goodluck.People in Morocco use henna bodypainting for many different things –pregnant women use henna designson their ankles to protect themthrough childbirth; these designsremain family specific and arepassed down through generations.http://www.hennapage.com/henna/what/freebooks/HPJpp2.pdf
The henna night traditionally marks the official beginning of thewedding festivities. In times past Arab brides would be coveredfrom head to toe in henna patterns and somewhere on herbody the henna artist would include the initials of the husband.The husbands task on the wedding night was to find thoseinitials.These days, the bride and her guests usually have patternsapplied to just their hands, feet and ankles. Professionalhenna artists are always hired and you’ll find each hennasalon and each area of the Gulf has its own specific patterns.The henna patterns in Oman often involve large areas of verydark brown/black geometric patterns (African influence) andin Bahrain the colour is lighter and the patterns are smallerand more delicate, often using flowers (Indian influence).
Name GameA brides wedding designs usually includes a hidden inscription ofthe grooms name on her palm. Its believed, if the groom fails tofind his name within the intricate patterns, the bride will be moredominant in conjugal life. Sometimes the wedding night is notallowed to commence until the groom has found the names. Thisis also seen as a subterfuge to let the groom touch the brideshands in order to find his name, thus initiating a physicalrelationship. Another superstition regarding Mehendi is that if anunmarried girl receives scrapings of Mehendi leaves from a bride,she will soon find a suitable match.http://hinduism.about.com/b/2009/08/07/the-beauty-of-mehendi.htm http://theweddingguide.com.my/tag/andy-lim/
Shelly Mehndi (Henna) KitsThis Kit simplifies the art of Mehandi application and helps inmaking beautiful design pattern in deep color easily.Mehandi Powder: Made from best quality leaves and finelysieved. (50 gm)Mehandi Oil: Blend of high quality essential oils. It helps to attaindeeper and attractive shades of natural Mehandi color. (4ml)Cone: Cone is equipped with a special nozzle to provide bettercontrol and smooth flow while making designs.Stencils: Self Adhesive plastic stencil for quick imprinting ofdifferent designs.Design Paper: Attractive designs ofmehandi for hands and feet whichcan be used as convenient guidewhile using cone.Instruction Page: Instruction of usingCone and Stencil
http://wgaw.blogspot.com/2008/12/henna-night-12o2.htmlHenna is the Persian name for the plant with the Latin name,Lawson inermis which is found in many hot, dry countries. Theleaves from the plant are picked, dried, crushed and then madeinto a paste which is then applied to the body in patterns orshapes and as it dries stains the skin underneath. Once thehenna is dry, which takes anything up to a couple of hours, theflakes are rubbed off and the pattern can be seen.
Temporary Black Henna tattooscan cause permanent scarring.Warning! Henna tattooing is not automatically safe to havedone. While the pure henna has a small rate of allergicreactions there have been some that have not.Henna tattooing can have other ingredients that can causesevere allergic reactions, scarring, and health complications.Make sure to discuss any serious thoughts of having thisprocedure done with a dermatologist prior to the actualapplication process.LPS does not endorse this practice in any mannerwhat-so-ever.See the listed web site for further information.http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/henna.asp