A married woman wearing sindoor is an important part of Hindu culture. But not wearing sindoor, mangalsutra, or chudas doesn’t make a woman any less ‘married’. However, you will find many people advocating for the “scientific benefits” of wearing sindoor every now and then.
For example, a Twitter user @rohshah07 shared screenshots from a particular Instagram Reel he came across where a woman lists the benefits of wearing sindoor.
In the video, it is claimed that sindoor can cool your body because of the mercury present in it, has a relaxing effect, and can trigger sexual drive. The video was posted on an Instagram page ‘Be Bodywise’ which promotes women’s wellness.
Source: Trust me bro. pic.twitter.com/Styf7egGPB
— Denial Sloss (Rohit) (@rohshah07) May 11, 2022
However, people online weren’t impressed and had questions. First, isn’t mercury dangerous for health?
According to World Health Organization, “exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life.” It also has toxic effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems of the body.
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Mercury is a heavy metal and prolonged exposure can cause a variety of illnesses lmao.
— Sujay (@WeirdlyHungry) May 11, 2022
Also mercury is literally poison! We had to be extremely careful in labs it’s scary af good Lord
— Mira stan acc 🏳️🌈 (@IshmeetNagpal) May 12, 2022
*snorts sindur for mental peace and high sex drive*
— gojo’s mom⁷ (@unnatiactually) May 12, 2022
Arre waah. Men should wear it too. Why deny them all these benefits?that would be discrimination.
— Preeti (@DrSankaran) May 12, 2022
Second, I’m pretty sure there are other ways to increase a woman’s sex drive…
Centre of Sexual drive in women is situated in the hair parting?
— veena bakshi (@vibione) May 12, 2022
If that is a case then why Men doesn’t wear sindoor? Men also need something to cool and relax their body and ofcourse increase sexual drive 😜
— Rajeev🇮🇳 (@rajeev_indiana) May 12, 2022
— ˢᵘᵇᵃˢʰ (@dedrevil) May 12, 2022
— lala (@lalajighabraye) May 12, 2022
Do you think wearing sindoor has the above-mentioned benefits?