The first known use of henna was in Egypt, where the people would dye their hair and nails, and a Pharaoh's fingers and toes would be dipped before mummification.
After the henna plant's cooling properties were discovered, however, the skin and hair were regularly painted, or dyed, as a way for the people in desert climates to keep their body temperature lower.
Over the last several hundreds of years, henna has been used in many different cultures spanning the globe in countries such as Africa, India, Asia, the Middle East
and Central Eurasia.
Henna has traditionally been used in familial and/or significant ceremonies such as weddings or burials, with bridal henna still being practiced today by cultures all around the world, such as Hindu and Sikh cultures.
Traditional "Bridal" henna application covers a bride's palms, top of the hands and the feet - often while surrounded by friends and family in a lounge-like setting, so they can offer wisdom on creating a happy and lasting marriage.
The Goddess & Inner Awareness
Happiness & Joy
Devotion & Vitality
Wards Off Evil
Fertility & Luck
Feminine Energy, Fertility, Good Luck and Psychic Ability
Power & Growth
Staying Grounded While Still Reaching For One's Dreams
Protection & Fertility
Perfection & Infinity
Note: A pair of butterflies symbolizes a happy marriage/partnership.
Also called "The Game," this type of design symbolizes Happiness & Joyful Moments
Also called "The Scorpion," this type of design symbolizes Love
Masculine Energy, Fire
& The Ascent to the Heavens
Feminine Energy, Water
& Graceful Descent from the Heavens
Balance, Inter-Connectedness & Coexistence/Neutrality of Opposites