by Aarti Kapur Singh
Take a look at 18 gorgeous mehndi designs for busy mommies! Flaunt these designs in style this Rakhi or Teej!
Did you brainy moms know that the art of adorning palms and feet with mehndi originated in South East Asia, India and Pakistan about 600 years ago. Mehndi can actually be applied on any part of your body using a toothpick, cone or stencil.
The botanical name of this flowering plant is Lawsonia inermis, and it contains a red-orange pigment, lawsone, also known as hennotannic acid. This pigment is released by crushing the henna leaves in an acidic medium and this mixture has the ability to stain. This is how mehndi works. This form of ‘temporary tattooing’ is not just hassle-free and completely natural, it actually has some benefits for the body. So much so that not just in the tropical countries, but also in relatively cooler countries, henna, jangua and other forms of dyeing skin are increasingly becoming popular.
Natural mehndi has a soothing, calming and cooling effect. Some of the other most surprising health benefits of henna include its ability to relieve headaches, detoxify the body, improve nail health and texture, protect the skin against UV rays and insect bites, boost hair health, cool the body, reduce inflammation, and speed healing. The Persian royals even used it as a body scrub. When Buddhism was flourishing, Henna was believed to bring about success & victory, and was used during religious rituals.
Over the last few decades, applying trendy and unusual mehndi designs on festivals such as Eid, Teej, Rakhi and Karwachauth has become rather the in-thing to do. And with the growing popularity of mehndi, people are no longer afraid to experiment with various colour variants of henna such as brown, russet, black, dark orange, bright red and so on.
Be unique with your creativity this season. You could either choose to interpret existing trends or doodle your own designs.. Reserve the bling and glitter for the weddings though. Being the monsoon, it is the time to celebrate the bird that is associated with the romance of the rains – the peacock. Whether its beautiful feathers, or its crown as a flourish motif, or shapes inspired by it, peacock motifs look really alluring in mehndi designs.
Designs that emulate ‘hathphools’ or hand harnesses are also back in vogue all over again. Talking of flowers, blooming lotuses are very much in vogue. Roses, the eternal symbol of romance also look really beautiful.
Mehndi patterns that rely on the simplicity and elegance of the paisley will always be evergreen. Your fingers can be as good canvas as your palm. Isolate the fingers and let there be some blank space on the palms to highlight the patterns on the fingers.
Adorn those feet too for a change – even the soles that is. Hold back your laughter if it tickles. Mehndi on the soles not only looks alluring but also calms your body from within.
So mommy, which one of these was your favorite? Do write in your comments and let us know..
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