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Tamil : Marudhani - மருதாணி இலை பொடி
Malayalam : Mailanji
Hindi : menhadee ke patton
Telugu : Gōriṇṭa ākulu
Botanical : Lawsonia inermis
The word “henna” is understood by people around the world in many different ways. The majority of people probably associate henna with the dark-red/brown dye for hair and skin that is traditionally used in Eastern cultures, but the name also applies to the flowering plant from which that dye is derived. As the sole species in the Lawsonia genus, henna has many different names across the globe, including hina and Egyptian privet, but they are all describing the same remarkable plant, which has the scientific name Lawonia inermis. You can identify a henna plant by its small white or pink flowers, as well as the small fruit it bears. Henna can be used in a wide variety of ways, including its dye form, as well as in aqueous extracts, tinctures, and salves, composed of the bark, seeds, or leaves. This versatility makes henna a very vlauable element in traditional medicines, particularly Ayurvedic practice. Henna, popularly known as Mehandi is a hair coloring dimension from hundreds of years. It is a symbol of modern fashion to many women and men lately. There are many benefits of using henna for a healthy hair and it is one of the best natural remedies for hair growth, but people still go with the chemical products for quicker results. It has always been a bit difficult to color your hair with chemical products because there is a possibility of getting skin problems and itching. Usage of Henna for coloring hair has indulged from many decades, as ancients kings, queens used to mix up with some powerful herbs to color their hair. Henna is a natural herbal powder which is not only used for coloring hair, but also helps to prevent dandruff and scalp itching. It acts as a good conditioner for your hair and helps to grow your hair.
Uses & Benefits
1. Cooling agent
Henna is a great cooling agent. When applied to scrapes and burns it gives relief. You can also use this herb as a natural home remedy for lowering temperature when suffering from high fever or heat exhaustion.
The flowers of henna can be used to cure headaches caused by the heat of sunlight. Make a paste of henna flowers by crushing them and adding vinegar then apply to your forehead or temples. You can also use a plaster of henna.
3. Treats Baldness
Henna leaves can be used to treat baldness. Boil some leaves of henna in mustard oil and use it to massage your scalp. This will help in healthy hair growth. Take 250 grams (8 ounces) mustard oil in a pan and add 50-60 grams (1-2 ounces) of henna leaves to heating oil gradually. Filter the oil through cheesecloth and store it in a bottle. Use this oil regularly for producing abundant hair.
You can use the bark of the henna plant for treating liver disorders like jaundice and enlargement of the liver. You can have it in henna powder from 1–5 decigrams doses. It is also beneficial for other conditions associated with liver.
5. Skin conditions
Henna can be used to treat skin conditions like athlete’s foot, rashes, and ringworm. Its also an effective sunblock. Leaves of henna plant are astringent in nature therefore can be used to treat skin problems. Vitiligo can be treated using this herb.
Henna is known for treating cracked nails. Soak henna leaves in water and leave overnight, then drink this water to treat your cracked nails. Repeat for at least 10 days. You can mix butter with henna powder and use it as poultice to treat sores filled with pus, mange, and scabies.
You can use henna oil for arthritic and rheumatic pain. Massage with henna oil to get rid of pain. Do this regularly for a month or two for best results.
The bark of the plant can be used to treat dysentery. Crush the henna seeds into powder and mix them into some ghee. Make small balls from the mixture and swallow them with water.
Henna contains natural ingredients important for hair nourishment. It shares a great bond with hair as it helps to penetrate, cleanse, and thicken the hair shafts which improve the quality of hair. Its also used to treat dandruff. Its commonly used for coloring hair by mixing it into natural dyes.
10. Skin tattoo
This is the most common use of henna. You can make a paste of henna powder by mixing it into water and keeping it in a cone of plastic paper. Then apply this paste on your palms and heels on special occasions to get temporary tattoos. We see many brides with hands and legs decorated with henna paste.
How to use it on hair:
Henna is easy to use on your hair. Grate henna in a non-metal container as metal can react with henna and spoil your dye, glass is best. Add hot water and green tea to it to and stir the mixture with a wooden stick. Once its fully dissolved leave the henna covered in cling film to sit overnight to develop. Then use this paste on your hair. Apply it directly to clean dry hair. Cover your hair with plastic wrap to keep the heat and moisture in. This will help the dye activate. Leave on for 4 hours then wash.
There are no known side effects with this herb. Seek medical advice for its use during pregnancy.
Harvesting & Manufacturing Methodology:
All our herbs are Harvested Organically, dried, and pulverized with no chemical interactions ensuring 100% natural herbal powders.
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