The following hadith supports the benefits of henna very well. In the Hadith-i Sharifs, “You can cure your old age with henna. For it is beauty for your faces, pleasant for your mouths, and strength for your women. It has been said that henna is the narrator of the fragrances of the people of Paradise and henna separates belief from disbelief.
Henna is scientifically known as Lawsonia and is actually a flowering plant belonging to the Lythraceae (Loosestrife family) (flowering plant family containing 620 species). Henna, the only plant species in the Lawsonia genus, is native to Southwest Asia, North Africa, and India. The name henna actually comes from the Arabic (Hinna).
Henna also gives its name to the dye prepared from the henna plant and the temporary tattoo art made with these dyes. It has been used for thousands of years in many cultures around the world to make beautiful and temporary tattoos. Henna has also been used to dye leather, hair, and nails, as well as fabrics such as silk, wool, and leather.
In India, henna is seen as a means of beautifying women. It is often used for Mehendi function. This is a traditional process that involves drawing various motifs with henna all over the hands and legs of the bride before marriage.
Henna is a plant known in different ways around the world. Recognized by various cultures, henna is widely used as a hair and skin dye. Henna is known for its small dark green leaves, small pink flowers and fruits. In addition to dye forms, parts such as leaves, bark and seeds are also used in the production of ointments and tinctures. Henna, which has versatile properties, is known as a valuable plant and fruit in terms of medicinal and beauty.
Henna is an intensely scented, slender and highly branched evergreen, glabrous shrub or small tree that grows approximately 1.8 to 7.6 m tall. These small trees can grow in dry, coastal scrub land, temporarily flooded river beds, river scrub and slopes, and among broken cliffs. It is sometimes seen that it grows on waterways and in semi-arid regions. Tolerant of low humidity weather and drought conditions, this plant prefers fertile, well-drained or dry soil in a sunny position.
The henna plant is tolerant of poor, stony and sandy soils. It can also adapt to heavy, fertile clay soils. These plants, which are very successful in adaptation, are resistant to drought. They have grayish brown bark, young, thin and green branches. However, these branches turn red as the age of the plant grows, and these older branches may be thorny.
Henna Flowers and Fruits
The flowers of the henna plant consist of 4 leaves with a diameter of 1 cm. The flowers are small, white, fragrant and have a wrinkled appearance. The henna plant normally blooms in April and May. Its flowers are small, brown spheres 4-8 mm in diameter, yielding 30-50 seeds per fruit.
The seeds of the henna plant are 3mm in diameter, with a brown core and a thick shell. The seeds of the henna plant require high temperatures for germination, growth and maximum development.
Benefits of Henna
Although the henna plant is mainly used as a dye, it is also known for its many beneficial medicinal properties. Its leaves are used in traditional medicine in India and many Muslim countries. The henna plant is used for sore throats by boiling its extracts and gargling and relieving pain. It is also used as an herbal remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, ulcers, tapeworms and high fever. Let’s take a look at other benefits of the henna plant.
Although the antioxidant effects of henna have not been widely studied, it has been noticed that henna oil tightens the skin. For this reason, many people have started to apply henna water and oil on the skin with the aim of reducing the signs of aging and wrinkles. In addition, it was observed that the scars and blemishes on the body disappeared. This shows that henna has antiviral and antibacterial properties. [one*]
Protects Nail Health
People usually don’t take much care in keeping their nails healthy. However, cuticles and spaces under the nails are very suitable places for infection and bacterial growth. For this reason, applying henna on the nails helps to prevent the formation of bacteria on the nails. In addition, drinking the juice of henna leaves helps prevent nails from cracking and reduce inflammation. Applying henna directly to the nail beds and nail bases also reduces irritation, pain and infection. [2nd*]
Accelerates Wound Healing
Henna is considered highly effective and beneficial for protecting the skin against infections and eliminating inflammation. It has been applied to burns, wounds and abrasions for generations, not only because it is protective against foreign pathogens and substances, but also because it has natural cooling abilities that accurately absorb heat from the skin. Henna, which has similar properties with aloe vera gel, is very useful for sunburns. [3*]
According to Ayurvedic traditions, henna also helps to reduce fever. High fever, which can occur as a symptom of any disease, can cause dangerous situations and complications as a result of increased temperature. It is vital to lower the overall temperature of the body at these moments, and henna can achieve this either by sweating, by breaking the fever in the body, or by directly cooling and relaxing the body. [4*]
Good for Insomnia
Henna oil can treat sleep disorders. Therefore, if you suffer from insomnia or feel chronic restlessness, you can use henna oil to calm your body and have a restful and regular sleep. [5*]
Used in Hair Coloring
Most people do not know the effects of henna on hair and think that it is only used for coloring hair. However, it has been noticed that henna increases the strength of the hair and has proven itself as a reliable dye that does not affect the health of our follicles. [6*] Henna oil can also be applied to the hair to prevent graying of hair.
Helps with Detoxification
Consuming the water obtained as a result of boiling the bark and leaves of the henna plant contributes to the improvement of spleen and liver health. The liver is a very important and vital organ for the body. It helps to remove toxins from the body. By supporting liver health with henna, you can protect yourself from many diseases. [7*]
When the juice of the henna plant is applied directly to the skin, it can relieve headaches. The anti-inflammatory effects of the compounds found in henna help relieve tension and regulate blood flow in the capillaries that cause headaches and migraines. [8*]
Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Henna oil can be used for arthritis and rheumatic pains. As we age, cartilage and muscles deteriorate and our joints become sore more often. These conditions can cause inflammation and pain in many parts of the body. By applying henna to the inflamed or painful areas, you can get rid of these pain and inflammations, and even if you are older, you can move without restricting your movements too much. [9*]
Regulates Blood Pressure
Consuming henna juice and seeds will allow you to see the hypotensive effects that reduce stress on the cardiovascular system and regulate blood pressure effectively. Henna juice and seeds can help prevent plaque and platelet formation in the heart and arteries. In this way, you will avoid dangerous diseases such as heart attack and stroke. [10*]
Good for Rheumatic Diseases
Henna oil is good for rheumatic and arthritis pains. The ground leaves are applied to the aching areas to relieve rheumatism.
The bark of the plant is very effective in the treatment of dysentery. The seeds are ground into powder and mixed with ghee (a type of clarified butter commonly used in religious rituals and traditional medicine in India and other countries). It is made into small balls and taken with water and made ready for use for the treatment of diseases.
Prevents Hair Loss
You can make hair grow by using mustard oil boiled together with henna leaves.
- 250 grams of mustard oil is heated in a pan
- 50-60 grams of henna leaves are slowly added to the oil and mixed.
- After mixing well and allowing them to come together, the remaining oil is filtered with a cloth and put into the bottle.
- Regular head massages with this oil promote hair growth.
Benefits of Henna Stone
Henna stone can be used by powdering it. The uses and benefits of henna stone are:
- Makes hair shine
- Strengthens hair
- Prevents dandruff
- Used as a tattoo
- Regenerates skin cells
- Used for natural hair coloring.
- Prevents hair loss
- Repairs the scalp
- Makes hair voluminous
- Moisturizes the hair
- Grows hair fast
How to Use Henna and What Are Its Benefits?
Every form of henna, from the leaves to the seeds, has many benefits. However, henna has traditional usage methods in different countries and in different ways. Here are a few traditional methods for you;
- The Javanese people in Indonesia use henna leaves to make a flaky paste and use it to remove cracks between the toes and under the feet.
- With the water obtained by boiling the leaves in water, the wounds are cleaned and washed.
- It has been used both internally and topically for jaundice, leprosy, smallpox and skin diseases.
- The Egyptians are said to have prepared both oil and ointment from the flowers to make the limbs more flexible.
- It is very useful in protecting the scalp from infections and dandruff.
- It strengthens the hair, increases its shine , stops hair loss , prevents hair thinning and hair breakage.
- It is a natural source of nutrients and prevents baldness.
- Henna flowers are good for headaches caused by sunstroke.
- fights epilepsy
- It can treat dental ailments such as scurvy (bleeding gums) and mouth ulcers.
- Mouthwashes made with water obtained from henna leaves are effective in curing throat infections.
- It is used to treat bronchitis and cough, which can cause respiratory ailments.
- Provides protection against tuberculosis
- Helps alleviate problems with blood circulation
- It is very useful against skin problems such as eczema , burns, allergies, bruises, psoriasis , abscesses and skin inflammation.
- It helps in the treatment of obesity (excessive weight).
- It improves digestive problems.
- Henna is a very useful herbal remedy for liver enlargement and jaundice.
- Soothes postpartum pain
- Prevents dysentery
- Prevents rheumatic muscle pain and joint pain
- Protects against gonorrhea
- Henna is effective against heavy bleeding during menstruation, irregular menstruation and menopause problems.
- Prevents vaginal discharge
- Henna paste prevents inflammation of the feet.
- Henna leaves have been used to treat ailments such as fever, headache, joint pain, and dermatitis .
- Leprosy in the early stages can be treated with henna.
- Henna leaves are also used in the treatment of sores and cold sores.
- Coloring hair with henna helps effectively kill lice in the hair
- To treat toothache, the bark on the root of the henna plant is kept between the teeth after 25 minutes of chewing in the mouth. This is said to relieve pain.
Henna Recipes for Diseases
- Hair whitening: Mix powdered henna leaves with coconut oil. Use this mixture as a hair oil or make a paste of henna leaves by adding some water to it. Apply the paste to the hair and wash it off after 6 hours.
- Insomnia: Crush henna flowers to make a paste. Consume half a teaspoon of this paste once a day.
- Jaundice: Take the dried henna plant and boil it. Drink 20 ml 1 time per day. It is a traditionally used and effective method for the treatment of jaundice.
- Nail fungus: Crush henna leaves to make a paste. Wrap the areas where the fungus is formed with this paste.
- Inflammation: Rub the oil obtained from henna seeds on the inflamed area. It helps in reducing the burning sensation and pain.
- Skin problems: Boil henna leaves. It can be taken internally or used externally to relieve skin problems.
- Burn treatment: Apply the paste obtained from henna leaves on the burns. With its cooling and healing effect, it eliminates the burning sensation and helps to treat the wound quickly.
- Fractures and dislocations: Crush the henna leaves to make a paste and apply to the cracks and wrap.
- Migraine treatment: Soak henna flowers in vinegar and leave for 10 minutes. Apply to the areas where migraine pain is felt.
- Spermatorrhea (involuntary semen flow): Crush fresh henna leaves. Squeeze the juice of your fruit. Drink this juice with milk once or twice a day until the problem goes away.
- Leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge): Extract the juice of fresh henna leaves. Store in a glass bottle. Mix one teaspoon of henna leaf juice with a glass of milk and drink 30 ml a day.
- Rash: Crush a handful of henna leaves to make a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Wash with cold water.
- Hepatomegaly (Liver enlargement): Mix powder henna bark and a glass of hot water and drink once a day.
- Hair Problems: Boil henna leaves in mustard oil. After boiling, let it cool. Strain and store in a glass bottle. When you want to use it, you can make your hair stronger and longer by gently massaging your scalp.
- Eczema: Apply henna seed oil to the area with eczema. Repeat the process 2 times a day. After a while, you will notice that it provides relief.
- Scabies: Gently massage the itchy area with henna seed oil. Repeat the process 2 times a day.
- Vaginal Candida ( vaginal yeast infection ): Gently massage the area with henna seed oil twice a day.
- Foot burn: Soak fresh henna leaves in vinegar for 5 minutes. Wrap the leaves soaked in vinegar on the soles of the feet. It will help you get rid of the foot burning problem.
- Headache: Make a fine paste by crushing henna flowers and vinegar together. Apply it on your forehead and leave it for a while. It will provide relief from headaches caused by sunstroke.
- Liver diseases: Boil henna leaves, strain and drink 30 ml once a day.
- Dysentery: Mix dry henna powder with clarified ghee butter. Roll the mixture into small balls. Consume these balls with a glass of water once a day.
- Antiseptic: Mix 2 tablespoons of dried henna powder with half a cup of apple cider vinegar and heat it on the stove for a while. This prepared mixture will act as an antiseptic. Natural antiseptics prevent the growth of microorganisms without damaging the skin and tissue. It is used as a natural wound cleanser.
- Antibacterial: Mix 2 tablespoons of dried henna powder with half a cup of apple cider vinegar and heat it on the stove for a while. This prepared mixture will act as an antibacterial. Natural antibacterials do not harm the natural probiotics in your body while cleaning your hands.
- Antifungal: Mix 2 tablespoons of dried henna powder with half a cup of apple cider vinegar and heat it on the stove for a while. This prepared mixture will act as an antifungal. You can apply it to fungi in your body, especially nail fungus.
- Hair Loss: Soak 8 to 10 Indian Gooseberry in a glass of water at night. Add 2 tablespoons of henna powder to the water you filter in the morning. Apply it to your hair once a week and leave it for 1 hour. It will make your hair thicker and make it come out black.
- Dandruff: Dandruff: Mix 3-4 tablespoons of henna leaf powder and water. Add 1-2 tablespoons of beetroot powder into it and mix well to form a slightly solid paste. Apply it on the scalp and leave it for 2-3 hours. Then wash your hair with shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Do this process once a week.
- Gray hair starting to turn white: Boil 20 g of henna leaves in 50 ml of mustard oil. Massage into the area with gray hairs and hair.
- Postpartum problems: Boil 30 g of Elephantopus Scaber (a tropical species of flowering plant in the sunflower family) root, 20 g of henna leaves and 25 g of guava (tropical fruit) leaves in water. Drink 20 ml once a day. It helps to regenerate the uterus after pregnancy.
- Curly hair: Mix 4 tablespoons of henna powder, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice and 1 tablespoon of orange juice. Apply this mixture to your hair twice a month. It makes curly hair easy to comb and healthy.
- Mental disorders : Give the sick person henna seeds mixed with 3 g of honey, or you can boil the henna flowers.
- Chickenpox: Crush the henna leaves and apply the paste on the bottom of the feet. It will reduce the problems that occur in the eyes due to chickenpox.
- Bloody diarrhea: Grind henna seeds and mix the paste with ghee (clarified butter) and shape into small tablets. Consume these tablets with water 2 times a day.
Modern Applications of Henna
Henna is widely used in traditional medicine, but in today’s conditions, henna is a highly preferred product due to its reliability and lack of harm, and it is a product that we come across quite frequently not only in medicine but also in daily life. Today, applications made with henna;
- temporary tattoos
- Hair nourishing shampoos and conditioners containing henna
- Skin care products
- natural hair dyes
- Traditional motif tattoos on the body
- Hair tonics with henna
- Henna essential oils
How to Use Henna on Hair?
If you are wondering how to add this miraculous ingredient to your daily routines, continue reading our article. You can prepare hair masks prepared with henna at home and make your hair look healthy.
Egg and Yogurt Mask with Henna
- Mix 2 tablespoons of henna powder and 1 tablespoon of shikakai powder with a little water to make a paste. Leave for 1 night. Add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of yogurt to your morning mix. Apply the mixture starting from the roots of the hair towards the ends and leave it for 45 minutes. Rinse with cold water and shampoo. Repeat this application once a week to add shine to your hair.
Henna and Banana Mask
- Mix 2 tablespoons of henna powder with a little water to make a paste and leave it overnight. In the morning, mash a ripe banana and put it in a different container. Apply this mask to your hair to act as a conditioner and leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Henna and Coffee Hair Mask
- Boil 1 tablespoon of coffee in a small pot by adding a little water. Add the still hot coffee to 5 tablespoons of henna. Mix it well so that there are no lumps and separate your hair by tufts and feed it into the roots and ends of the hair. Leave for 3-4 hours after application and wash thoroughly with cold water and shampoo. You can repeat this process once a month for dark brown hair and gorgeous curls.
- You can use the paste obtained from henna leaves to paint your hands with henna.
- You can use it for dyeing paints, fabrics and hair, nails, palms and soles.
- In vineyards, henna is planted as a shield to prevent the wind.
- The essential oil obtained from henna flowers can be used in perfume making.
- The branches, fibers and stem of the henna plant are also used for basket making.
- The stem of the plant is used to make toothbrushes.
Henna Harms and Precautions
Henna is a plant that can be harmful as well as beneficial. For this reason, you should read the warnings before using it and be careful when using it.
- Henna should not be used during pregnancy and lactation.
- The use of henna on the skin is prohibited in many western countries. The reason for this is the German stone used to make the color of henna darker. German stone , also called henna stone , is generally used in making temporary tattoos. German stone, which has toxic effects, contains many harmful chemicals and carcinogenic substances and causes serious health problems in people who use it. For this reason, it is not recommended to add German stone to the henna to be used on the skin and other parts of the body, or to use it directly .
- Those who experience an allergic reaction such as itching or blistering to black henna dye (henna stone) should definitely consult a doctor.