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Applying mehendi

You must have surely applied henna also known as mehendi to your pals at a wedding or for some other festivity. When the paste dries and falls off, it leaves lovely orange marks on the skin. Many of us like to use henna as it makes our hands and feet look so pretty, but henna has so many other benefits too.

Mehendi or henna is one of the most important parts of Hindu and Muslim marriages and celebrations such as Ramzan, Diwali and so on. Intricate and elaborate designs are applied on the bride's hands and feet, and sometimes even on the bridegrooms.

The various beneficial effects of mehendi are as follows:

• Applying henna on the hands and feet can cool down the body.
• Used as a hair pack, henna rejuvenates, conditions and promotes hair growth.
• Applying henna with triphala, amalaki, fenugreek seeds and neem leaves helps in treating dandruff, lice, hair fall and premature greying of hair.
• Henna is beneficial in curing skin problems like sun burns, inflammation, eczema, scabies, impetigo and fungal infection. Directly applying pure henna with water as a paste on the affected areas or preparing a decoction by boiling henna leaves or bark and washing the affected area helps immensely.
• Applying henna paste on the nails followed by a regular massage with almond or olive oil helps prevent dryness, cracks and infection of nails.
• For tension headaches and headaches due to exposure to hot sun, grinding henna flowers into a paste with water and applying on the forehead for 30 minutes helps relieve them.
• Henna is found to be effective in treating insomnia also. A hair pack with henna once in a while promotes good sleep.
• Consumption of water soaked with henna bark is said to reduce blood pressure and stress and removes toxins from your body.

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To Reflect Upon

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