I love Art in all of its forms from the universe that lies before us (mother nature, creations), canvas paintings, sculptures, and murals, and tattoos to Henna, body jewelry and more. At first I saw Henna and just thought it was “cool,” but I also had some inclination that it was a traditional ritual within the Middle Eastern culture. I was still unsure as to what was the purpose and the meaning.
During my pregnancy all I had was spare time to sit on my bottom and rub my belly so I did some research and loved the idea of Henna even more. The history behind Henna is quite interesting because it is said to be hard to trace and it sounds as though there is not certainty on how and when it started. History does however mention the earliest civilizations to have used Henna did it for adornment for special occasions such as weddings, 8 month of pregnancy, and naming ceremonies. The art form of henna decorating has been practiced in Northern Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, and Europe and has been used by Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Moslems, Christians, Pagans, and others; and varies from region to region. Varying designs have a different meaning for members of each culture, such as good health, fertility, wisdom, protection and spiritual enlightenment.
For this reason, when I was in my 8 month of pregnancy with my daughter I decided to have Henna done to adorn my growing bundle of joy. Henna is a natural plant dye from the plant Lawsonia Inermis. I was able to find only one Henna artist in RVA, The Henna Lady, who uses a certified-organic henna paste made only with Lavender Essential Oil (without Cajeput or Ravensara) especially for pregnant women. I viewed tons of designs, but I am into things that have meaning. I researched the symbolism and meanings of henna designs and decided to have the Lotus Flower which means the light within / the awakening of the human soul. Grace, beauty, creativity, sensuality, femininity, and purity are all tied into the meaning of this symbol and I felt it was all things I would want for my baby to be blessed with.
I am a more spiritual being and so I believe that what you project out into the universe will manifest itself if done the right way. To share this moment I was able to have my closest friends join me. The henna process was interesting in itself. First the dye is placed in a small tube and the Henna artist literally squeezes it out as she makes a detailed design. Once this is done you have to allow time for it to dry and then it will begin to peel. You should not wet it or wash around it for hours. The next day the henna dye will start to show itself stronger and stronger. When the henna dye first started to peel I was thinking it did not work because it was a light reddish color. After a few hours, the dye started to appear in a deeper, darker color. It was absolutely beautiful and most of all it was a Fun experience.
Visit The Henna Lady and check out all of her services. She was such a joy. You can also follow her on Instagram @thehennalady_com and see her designs done daily.
Here are some of the pics from that day.