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Henna Tattoos

Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a small tropical bush that produces red dye. This natural dye is native to North Africa and the Middle East, and has been used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for over 9,000 years, though it’s use is fairly new to the western world. Henna has a multitude of uses, including as a temporary tattoo and as a natural hair dye.

In countries such as Morocco and India, it’s a tradition to apply henna “tattoos” during the third trimester of pregnancy. Many of these cultures believe that the red dye and patterns used in henna bless the mother and baby, and protect them from evil spirits.

Today, henna belly art is becoming popular as a celebration of pregnancy, and is a common practice during baby showers and blessingways. Some pregnant women even plan a henna party, for the sole purpose of her and her friends having their bodies decorated in henna, in celebration of her pregnancy.

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