Henna, a tropical shrub is largely grown in India for multiple purposes. Since centuries Henna has been used to dye hands, hair, clothes, leather and woolen material. Henna is popularly known as ‘Mehndi’ in Southeast Asia. The heavily scented plan is easy to grow and can endure draught conditions and low humidity. Despite largely used for dying purpose, the plant is also used to serve medical needs. Let’s take an in depth glance at the various uses of Henna.
The versatility of Henna makes it important part of Ayurveda. Drinking the liquid obtained by soaking Henna barks in water overnight improves liver and spleen health. Liver helps eliminate harmful toxins that accumulate in the body. Thus drink the liquid daily increases the efficacy of your liver.
Henna is widely associated for dying hair but simultaneously it also conditions your hair. When combined with amla, lemon, essential oil and curd, it helps alleviate dandruff and excess oil produced by the scalp. Henna powder is savior for damaged and dull hair. Henna prevents frizzing of hair and adds shine making the hair look lustrous and shiny. Presence of tannin in Henna makes it penetrate deeper into roots ensuring stronger hair and minimum damage. With each application your hair can become thicker and split ends free. The shrub also helps maintain the pH level of the scalp thus nourishing the hair follicles. In case you are using Henna for colouring your manes, make sure to use chemical free Henna.
Healing of Wound
Henna proves pretty effective in treating wounds, eliminating inflammation and skin infections. When applied on wounds and burns, it builds up a protective layer on the skin which keeps the foreign substances and pathogens at bay. Henna consists of natural cooling properties which lowers the heat from the skin, making it really effective for severe sun burn.
Oil extracted from henna is used as an astringent. Application of the oil to the skin can reduce wrinkles the signs of ageing. The plant also possess anti-bacterial ability which restraints bacterial growth on skin. Henna can be applied on skin to diminish blemishes and scars.
Henna has the ability to increase the blood circulation in the capillaries thereby providing a relaxing and soothing effect during headache. Henna juice provides instant relief because of its anti-inflammatory property.
Reduces Fever and Insomnia
The cooling and soothing effect of the shrub is effective to reduce fever. Henna significantly lowers the body temperature by inducing sweating. Regular use of henna oil promotes relaxing effect to body ultimately providing comfortable sleep.