7 Facts About Nose Piercings
Whatever your stance on “alternative” piercings, they're becoming increasingly harder to ignore in a Western world that embraces them more openly than ever before—or at least shuns them less than in previous decades. This rings especially true for those little things dangling from nostrils and septums. Once a punk icon, now even All-American girl types are rocking little nose piercings.
Maybe nose piercings are the new women's pants. The Victorians found women's pants scandalous; today they are mundane. Even elementary school teachers wear pants and, yes, have nose piercings.
On that note, think about how much you probably know about ladies' jeans—the sizing, the cuts, the brands, etc. If nose piercings are the new jeans, you better get the low-down quick. Here are seven things you might not know about nose piercings:
- Hindu women tend to wear their piercing on the left nostril because, in Ayurvedic medicine, the location correlates to female reproductive organs. (Maybe that's where the elusive G-spot really lies.) This piercing position allegedly reduces the pains of childbirth.
- The average nose piercing takes about ten to twelve weeks to heal. During the healing process, hydrogen peroxide should never go near the tender area where the nose has been pierced.
- In the Bible, Rebekah, Abraham's wife-to-be, received a golden nose ring from her future husband's servant, Eliezer, after he decided that she was worthy of being his master's wife (Genesis 24:22).
- Nose piercings actually started to catch on with hippie culture in the United States before punk culture even existed. As early as the mid-1960s, many hippies visited India, importing Indian food, music, and fashion into American youth culture.
- Some people decide to get a rhinoplasty so they not only have a nose that “fits” their face but a nose that “fits” the piercing they want. If this is your plan, wait at least 8 weeks after your nose job to get pierced.
- In ancient Mayan society, septum jewelry was often made of gold and/or jade.
- The name of the North American Indian tribe, Nez Perce, comes from the French, meaning “pierced nose.” French fur traders passing through what is now modern-day Washington state so named the tribe after observing the Indians' common practice of piercing the septum.