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Rohingya Henna

By M Rafique

Henna is a traditional and religion practise or art both used by women and men alike. It is mentioned in so many of the sayings of the Prophet (Muhammad) that it has effects of medicinal and beauty.

Henna paste (Mehendi in Rohingya language) is made from Henna leaves and ground until it become paste and used by women and girls in the occasions of engagement, wedding, religious ceremony or normal day. It is applied overnight on hands, nails and faces with different patterns of art or word. The colour of Henna appears after a few hours of application of the paste and lasts three to four weeks.

Elderly Rohingya men also use Henna as a way of the Prophet on either hair or beard which made them golden or light red coloured.

From the point of medicine, Henna paste plays an important role in Rohingya lives as a home remedy which is applied on injuries like of opened or closed broken bones, dislocation of joints or acute illnesses such as headache, backache, stomach pain or burns as a source of pain-killer, tissue growth and bone or joint stabilizer.