use during pregnancy is an ancient practice and is soothing as well as
calming. It is believed to help bring about an easy birth and healthy
is the Persian name for a shrub known as Lawsonia inermis. Henna is
native to Asia and the Mediterranean coast of Africa and now thrives in
warmer climates all over the world. It has small, four-petaled flowers
ranging from yellow to pink and its leaves produce a red dye. Twice a
year the leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a fine powder.
This powder is used to dye hair red and for the ancient eastern art of
mehndi. Henna contains hennotannic acid, a dye that bonds with the
collagen in skin cells and keratin of fingernails and hair, leaving
behind a red coloring. Lawsonia Inermis or henna is a small bush that
produces a red dye that has been used cosmetically and medicinally
for thousands of years. Ground henna leaves are mixed with lemon juice, a
bit of sugar, and essential oils to form a paste that is used in body
decoration. The henna paste is applied to the skin in patterns and
leaves a red-brown stain lasting 7-10 days, known as mehndi.
henna to the belly toward the end of a pregnancy in certain cultures is
believed to protect or bless the mother and child during the
difficulties of labor. It’s believed to guard against the evil eye and
protect from evil or malicious spirits that may be near during delivery.
Henna designs are viewed as protective. Having henna applied and having
someone touch your pregnant belly, is very calming. The henna paste is
cooling and can help relieve heat exhaustion and soothe hot skin. Henna
brings something restful and joyous to the strenuous last trimester and
helps women embrace this transformation.
women are looking for a way to celebrate their growing bodies, to do
something that looks wonderful on a big, round belly that is full of
life. Henna during pregnancy has nothing to do with the burden of extra
weight and discomfort of a changing body but celebrates the unique shape
of a full belly with expansive patterns that complement the figure. The
application process of mehndi or henna body art on a pregnant belly is a
time where the mom needs to be still and relaxed. She has to find time
in her schedule to sit down for a few hours and focus on her belly, on
her pregnancy, and her new life. This is a wonderful opportunity to
visit with a few close girlfriends before the birth.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HENNA APPLICATION:
henna applied during a healthy pregnancy is generally safe but it is
always a good idea to speak with your doctor. Work with a reputable
artist and make sure you know exactly what is being used in the henna
paste mixture, it should be simple, natural and smell fresh. Our
Pregnancy Henna Kit uses only natural henna, lemon juice, sugar and
lavender oil. It is important to keep the ingredients simple during
pregnancy so you don’t stress the body, baby, or cause an allergic
reaction. Other ingredients may be added such as coffee, tea, tamarind,
or clove depending on the artist’s preference but simple is always
better during pregnancy.
should be avoided or used sparingly if you are extremely anemic or the
baby has G6PD deficiency. Designs usually last 7-10 days, depending on
body chemistry, how long the paste was allowed to soak in, and location
on the body. Henna always lasts longest on the hands and feet, less on
the torso where skin is thinner. It is very important to keep in mind
that natural henna stains a reddish brown color and needs to soak on the
skin 4-8 hours. The color will be a light orange at first and darken to
a richer shade over 2 days.
are people who use chemical additives such as hair dyes in the mix to
speed up the process or obtain a black stain. This is not safe and is
illegal. Chemical dyes often contain a chemical known as PPD which is
toxic and can cause long term damage, including scarring. Chemical dyes
will stain the skin within 30 minutes and be dark immediately, these
should always be avoided.