Maternity Henna Belly Blessingway

A Blessingway is a celebration of life and love, pregnancy and motherhood, in a tranquil, sacred, and love-filled atmosphere. It has evolved from a traditional Native American ceremony concerned with healing, creation, harmony and peace, in appreciation for and in honor of the mother-to-be. The purpose of the Blessingway is to nourish, nurture, support

and encourage the mother while affirming that she will have a beautiful birth experience.

Laying of hands

Tiffany begins the Henna design.

"When you become a mother you transform into the goddess you were meant to be. With each new life you create, your beauty magnifies, your aura glows, and your heart swells along with your womb. Michelle is radiant in this precious phase, the pure embodiment of Mother Earth."

Smudging is a ceremony that involves the burning of sacred herbs, in some cases for spiritual cleansing or blessing.

"I have had the blessing of watching Michelle bloom into the beautiful, courageous, insightful woman she is. She exudes strength integrated with the vast love a mother heart holds. Michelle is a goddess who shines bright with light, wisdom and resiliency. I am forever grateful to share this journey with her and her children. We love you to the moon and back times infinity!"

Each friend gifted a special, symbolic bead

"Becoming a mother whether it’s your first or you 6th is magical. Having a new life form and grow within cannot be explained simply. A blessingway welcomes the new life and celebrates the woman creating it. Michelle is and will be a bad ass mama bear to her boys and I cannot wait to see where this new journey takes her"

A Brief History of Henna

Deeply rooted in several cultures as a practice revolving around joy and celebration, henna (or mehndi) can signify a number of things for people. Most commonly, henna is applied to a bride’s hands and feet just before her wedding. Recently however, henna has become a much more widespread practice not just mimicking tattoos, but commemorating momentous occasions including pregnancy.

Henna, also known as mehndi, is a dye prepared from a plant which is natively grown in South Asia, North Africa, and Australia. It is not surprising, then, that the practice of applying henna is prevalent in South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, etc.) and North African (Egyptian, Moroccan, etc.) cultures. The leaves of the Lawsonia inermis plant are ground up into a fine powder which is then mixed most commonly and safely with water, lemon, and various essential oils. This mixture (henna paste) is then left out (in open air) to oxidize and release the dye molecules.

Next comes the fun part–the henna application. Custom designs are hand drawn in a process resembling piping/decorating a cake. The paste sets/dries on the skin and will often begin to crumble and flake off on its own. After a few hours (or the next morning), the dried henna is rubbed off, leaving behind a beautiful stain which can vary in color. Henna naturally stains orange/red, and the color deepens and darkens as the stain oxidizes on the skin. Henna stains remain on the skin and fade over the course of 7-14 days.