Historically, henna leaves has been used for severe diarrhea caused by a parasite (amoebic dysentery), cancer, enlarged spleen, headache, jaundice, and skin conditions. These days, people take henna leaves for stomach and intestinal ulcers. It is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for dandruff, eczema, scabies, fungal infections, and wounds. People also use henna on the skin as temporary “tattoos.” is used in cosmetics, hair dyes, and hair care products; and as a dye for nails, hands, and clothing. People also use henna on the skin as temporary “tattoos.”
Uses & Effectiveness of Henna leaves:
- Enlarged spleen.
- Yellow skin (jaundice).
- Skin conditions, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Dandruff, when applied to the scalp.
- Ulcers in the stomach or intestines.
- Severe diarrhea caused by parasites called amoebas (amoebic dysentery).
Other health benefits of Henna leaves.
1. Feet Resistance:
Put fresh henna leaves in vinegar and put them in a pair of socks. Now stay on the socks after all night. It will reduce the lip of the legs too much.
2. To reduce headache:
The flowers of the henna tree help to remove the pain. Paste the flowers of the henna tree and mix the vinegar with it. Keep it on the forehead or in the pain place. You can also use henna leaves.
3. To make facial well:
You can make it with henna leaves, Multan mati. Mix mahdi leaves and mix them in water. Now make it cool. It solves facial problems faster and sterilizes the mouth.
4. Balance Resistance:
Fill some henna leaves with mustard oil and burn them. If it is cold, use it in the palm of the head. It will prevent baldness.
5. Henna leaves for dandruff treatment or removed:
Dandruff is the biggest enemy of hair. henna leaves is quite effective in removing this dandruff. Use it in the hair by adding mustard oil, fenugreek, henna leaves together. Shampoo after 1 hour. It removes dandruff and makes the hair shiny beautiful.
- 4 tablespoons of fine henna powder
- Juice of a lime
- 1 tablespoon each of olive oil, white vinegar and fine fenugreek seeds powder
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt.
Mix all the ingredients together in a clean glass bowl and set aside for at least 12 hours. Soak it overnight, so that you can apply this the first thing in the morning. Apply on the scalp from roots to the tips of the hair. Leave the paste on for at least 2 – 3 hours and wash off with a mild SLS free shampoo. If you have dry hair, you may need to follow it up with a conditioner.
- 3 tablespoons of fine henna powder
- Water to mix
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of whipped egg white.
Mix all these ingredients together to form a smooth paste without any lumps. Apply on the scalp from roots to the tips of the hair. Leave on the paste for at least 30 minutes and wash off with a mild SLS free shampoo. If you have dry hair, you may need to follow it up with a conditioner.
- 250 ml of mustard oil
- Two handfuls of fresh henna leaves
- A teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
- A dry jar/container
This is one of the most effective oils that can control the dandruff. I remember my grandmother making this and all the cousins applying the hair pack on a lazy Sunday. Pour the oil in a wok and get it to the smoking point. Switch of the gas. Add the henna leaves and the fenugreek seeds when the oil cools down just a little bit. The trick is to let the henna leaves soak in the oil till it changes its colour. Let the oil cool down and leave it overnight in wok. Filter it the next day into an air tight container or a bottle. Use this oil for the hair massages. Leave it on for at least an hour before you shampoo. Wash your hair with a mild SLS free shampoo and follow up with a mild conditioner.
6. To prevent sweating:
Pouring back of henna leaves paste back, neck and other areas with hazardous wounds. It will help to reduce the sweating and irritation of sweat.
7. To prevent arthritis:
Henna oil is very effective in removing all the air and arterial pain. Apply massage to henna oil in pain. Make it every day for one to two months to get good results.
How does it work?
Henna contains substances that might help fight certain infections. There is also some information that henna might decrease the growth of tumors, prevent or reduce spasms, decrease inflammation, and relieve pain.
Side Effects & Safety of Henna leaves
Henna seems to be safe for most adults when used on the skin or hair. It can cause some side effects such as inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) including redness, itching, burning, swelling, scaling, broken skin, blisters, and scarring of the skin. Rarely, allergic reactions can occur such as hives, runny nose, wheezing, and asthma.
Henna is considered to be unsafe when taken by mouth. Accidentally swallowing henna requires prompt medical attention. It can cause stomach upset and other side effects.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Henna is considered UNSAFE for use in children, especially in infants. There have been cases of serious side effects when henna was applied to the skin of infants. Infants with a condition called glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency are at especially high risk. Putting henna on the skin of these infants can cause their red blood cells to burst.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding:
It’s UNSAFE to take henna by mouth if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it might cause a miscarriage. It’s also UNSAFE to take henna if you are breast-feeding.
If you are allergic to henna, avoid contact.
Lithium interacts with HENNA:
Henna might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking henna might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
The appropriate dose of henna leaves depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for henna. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.