Henna Body Painting

The art of henna body painting is the most beautiful and ancient form of body art. It is a temporary form of body art. Henna designs are very intricate and ravishing. It is used in both the Middle East and India for thousands of years to create beautiful designs.

Traditionally henna was applied to the hair, hands and feet, but modern henna body painting can be done fairly well on any non-bending area of the skin surface.

Henna doesn’t hurt rather it gives a cool sensation at the time of application. Sometimes it causes mild allergies like dermatitis or itching. When people react to henna body painting, it is most often to an essential oil in the henna paste rather than to the henna itself.

As this works as a stain on the body there are no good methods for henna removal. If only applied for minutes or a few hours, it stays only for few days or one week. If one keeps it for many hours or overnight, it stays up to four weeks for the orange-brown stain to leave your skin.

Henna is thought to have first come into use in Egypt for coloring fingertips, nails, palms and soles of feet. One of the earliest documented uses of henna is found in the archeological evidence of Egyptian tombs in the valley of Nile. Mummies of Egyptian rulers and their families were prepared to enter the next world with henna-tinted fingernails.

In Middle East, the leaves of the henna plant have been used for centuries as a beautification of the hands and feet. This has been done significantly during religious rituals or ceremonies.

Young brides in the Indian Subcontinent get their hands and bodies painted with paste of powdered henna or mehendi for marriages. Young girls, women all decorate their bodies with this art. In fact in India this is practiced in almost every household. Traditional motifs are drawn on the hands of young brides amidst much fanfare. Hindus consider mehandi as very dear to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune. If ever there was a plant associated with luck and prosperity, it is henna bush.