Henna has laxative, expectorant, diuretic, tonic, anthelmintic, anti toxic, anti bacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties
Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather. Historically, henna was used for cosmetic purposes primarily in Ancient India.
This fascinating plant known world-wide for the beautiful colouring dye used by the orientals to colour their hands and body.
The effort you put into growing a henna plant will be worth when you consider the benefit of replacing harsh chemicals with natural henna from your garden.
Planting & Care
Henna, lawsonia inermis, is a small desert tree, but you can grow it as a houseplant. You can grow it outdoors if temperatures never drop below 50F or 11 C. If it is indoors, keep it in the sunniest place possible, and plan on it getting about 8 ‘ tall in five years.
When you get a new henna plant, put it in a large pot of potting soil, and give it one drenching watering, then put it in your sunniest window. It may drop its leaves from the shock. If it drops its leaves, prune it back and let it shoot out new growth.
Uses of henna
- Henna has been used in hair dyes, cosmetic products, hair products and for making temporary tattoos.
- It is used to preserve cloth and leather. Since ancient times henna has been used to dye wool, silk as well as leather.
- Henna also repels some insects and mildew. Place henna flowers between folds of woolen cloth to keep moths away.
- Henna flowers are used to make perfume.
- It is a wonderful conditioner for hair, makes it thick, shiny and more manageable.
- It restores the natural acid-alkaline balance of the scalp.
- Being a natural cleanser it does not alter the chemical structure of the hair.
Health benefits of henna
- Henna has laxative, expectorant, diuretic, tonic, anthelmintic, anti toxic, anti bacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties.
- It promotes hair growth, relieves bronchitis, asthma, Traditionally henna has been used to treat burns blisters and other skin conditions, headache and migraine, jaundice, amoebic dysentery, stomach and intestinal ulcers, enlarged spleen and even cancer.
- Henna acts as a good sunscreen.
- It is also applied to treat dandruff, fungal infections, eczema and wounds etc.