Henna for a New Age

Where can I find your henna kits?

Just yesterday a woman I met asked me this question, and I found myself explaining how lucky we are that henna tattoos organically fall into so many different markets—fashion accessory; all-natural product; arts and crafts; art supplies; beauty and cosmetics; tattoos; and new age.

New age? She said. Really? Of course, it’s a perfect fit. One of my favorite things to do is spend time in new age stores, ambling down the aisles, sniffing candles, reading about the potent qualities of crystals, admiring statuaries of Buddha, Ganesh, Lakshmi and Saraswati, as the sweet smell of incense fills my nostrils. And what great books! One of my favorite of all finds is the wonderful book by Jamie Sams (of Medicine Cards fame), Dancing the Dream. I happened onto it, started flipping through it, couldn’t put it down and took it home. 15 years later, it still sits, nestled among other favorites on my bedside table. Open to any page and revel in Native American wisdoms that fit the bill every single time.

And what better place for a henna kit? I know this is old news, but for those of you who may not know this, it’s worth repeating. All over India, Africa and the Middle East it is considered a blessing to have henna on your body. The henna plant is believed to be infused with the positive power of the saints, and with love, luck and prosperity. To paint your body with henna is to inscribe such wishes and affirmations into the deepest part of your heart.

Henna kits feel right at home in new age stores. They’re spiritual!

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