The word mehendi comes from the Sanskrit word mendhika which means the henna plant. It means that mehendi dates back to the Vedic age. It is believed that princess Cleopatra used to paint her body with henna or mehendi.
Applying mehendi is an age-old form of art which is loved by everyone. The mehendi is like a part of the traditional shringar the bride-to-be does. The celebrations in India usually begin with the mehendi ceremony and it is a fun-filled ceremony where mehendi is applied on the hands and feet of the bride-to-be and all the other females inside the house also apply mehendi, dance and sing through the night.
Applying mehendi helps in soothing your body and tensed nerves. It makes your body and mind feel a lot more relaxed and calm. It helps in treating headaches and fever too. It also has healing properties. Mehendi is a medicinal herb that has antiseptic properties. These properties help the individual fight viral diseases and common infections.
It is a common belief that the darker the color the mehndi leaves on the hands on a bride, the more will she be loved by her husband and mother-in-law. However, the significance of applying Indian mehndi designs during weddings is not restricted just to sentiments and beliefs. Although these beliefs make the application of mehndi a much anticipated and charming tradition, the actual reason is of much deeper significance, which is sometimes forgotten in the present day