Mehndi wrapped in shiny green, silver, and golden paper cones adorning little stalls in markets across the city – remains the essential ingredient of traditional Eid celebrations. While there is great demand for instant color and darker shades of mehndi, a lot of these ‘emergency mehndi cones’, doctors warn, might just burn one’s festive mood literally.
Depending on the quantity and color, mehndi cones are usually priced between Rs40 and Rs150. But some brands of mehndi are priced higher than others as they promise instant results. Henna, commonly known as mehndi, is used in many different cultures and doesn’t only make an attractive, dark, and semi-permanent tattoo, but also has a number of benefits for the skin and hair, according to 3FC.
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Defense against infections:
Henna can help defend your body against infections. It does this by working to eliminate or reduce the occurrence of harmful bacteria on your skin. This bacteria is what is responsible for different types of infection in your body. Treating your skin regularly with henna can help remove the bacteria.
Acts as a skin cooling agent:
Henna is known to cool down the skin. It does this by affecting blood circulation beneath the skin that it coats. This means that if you suffer from hot spots or hot flashes in particular areas of your body, a henna treatment can help you to regulate the feelings of your skin. This will ensure that you don’t suffer from additional hot spots on your skin.
Effective pain reliever:
Henna can help to reduce inflammation that results in pain. Rub some henna into the affected part of your skin to use it as a mild pain reliever. This is very useful if you’re allergic to or wish to otherwise avoid particular types of medicine and pain relievers.
Great for hair:
Henna can improve the quality and appearance of your hair. It eliminates dandruff by clearing up the scalp, and it also improves hair texture and shines. Henna-based products for hair are readily available.