Amazing and Beneficial Uses of Henna Mehndi

Mehndi is the most beautiful and signature tradition of the South Asian culture. But, it’s not only for the hands and feet, what else can Henna be used for?

Amazing Beneficial Uses of Henna Mehndi

Henna oil is very popular for it’s soothing and calming effects.

Mehndi is a paste, made from a henna plant, used to create a beautiful tapestry of designs onto the skin.

Traditionally, Mehndi is used for brides at weddings or on occasions. Such as, for Diwali, Vaisakhi or Eid.

Applying Mehndi is an intricate and time-consuming process. But, its end results are always worth it! A numerous amount of symbol designs can be used and represent many different things. For example, a diamond represents enlightenment and flowers mean joy and happiness.

Brides may opt for the sun, moon, and stars, as they depict lasting love or waves, representing deep passion. Traditionally, the groom’s initials will be hidden in her Mehndi for him to find.

Despite being an ancient tradition, Mehndi is still very popular for young brides and has made its way into the Westernised culture.

But, did you know, the Henna plant has also been used for medication, and as a dye for hair and clothing, and to colour the fur of animals?

DESIblitz explores the various health, beauty, and relaxation benefits of using Henna.

Health Treatment

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According to health advisors, Henna can be used to treat Arthritis.

Massaging Henna oil onto the skin every day for a few months, will ease the pain.

Crushing Henna flowers, adding vinegar and applying it to the forehead can cure a headache.

It is said that the roots and bark of the Henna plant can be used to treat liver enlargement.

The most effective Henna cures include that of acid reflux, headache, jaundice, baldness and eczema.

Beauty Uses

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Henna powder can condition damaged nails.

Coating nails in a mixture of water, Henna powder, plain yoghurt, and eucalyptus oil, for about 10 minutes, will leave them as good as new.

For those with issues of baldness, boiling Henna leaves in mustard oil and massaging the oil mixture into your scalp, will result in naturally increased hair growth.

However, use overtime for the best results.

Although it is widely known that Mehndi is used to dye the hair. But, did you know it can also thicken and clean your hair in the act? Also, it is a great weapon against dandruff.

Relaxation Remedies

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Henna oil is very popular for it’s soothing and calming effects. Adding the oil to a bath can relax you and your skin.

Or, in the colder months, the oils can counter any dry or itchy skin and scalps.

Follow these two simple steps to treat itchy skin with Henna:

Step One:

Mix 2-3 tablespoons of Henna powder with 130ml of warm apple cider vinegar, until it forms a paste.

Step Two:

Apply a coat of the paste onto the irritated area to tame the skin.

In addition, if ever suffering from a high fever or temperature, apply the powder as a herb to cool you down.

And, the list goes on!

Please do be careful using non-conventional products for alternative uses beforehand!

Who knew there are so many benefits hidden inside our favourite Asian tattoo paste?

However, for those that prefer Mehndi only on their hands, remember that the longer it is left on to dry, the longer the design will stay on. Once rinsed off, try to avoid applying water directly onto the design. After a day or two, the paste will darken to a chocolate brown colour.

It is suggested to take the dried paste off with oil to maintain the pigment of the colour. You can even try rubbing coconut or olive oil onto the designs to darken it. As a result, the Mehndi may last on average for about 3 weeks.

All in all, this traditional beauty powder is one of the most beneficial treatments for various health and beauty concerns. And so, it is not only restricted to special occasions!

Nikita is an English and Creative Writing undergraduate. Her loves include literature, travelling and writing. She is a spiritual soul and a bit of a wanderer. Her motto is: “Be crystal.”

Images courtesy of Carrickchiropractic, The Fit Indian, Wallpaper Crave, and The Alternative Daily.

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