| Medicinal Uses
Henna is considered as an ancient
herb of grace and healing. It is mentioned as a valuable
medicine in Egyptian hieroglyphs. When Henna is applied to the
skin, its active elements provide cooling and astringent action
along with protection against many surface fungi and bacteria. Henna can help to lower body temperature to soothe
headaches, fevers, burning feet (which may be a B- Vitamin
deficiency), and even hysteria or a violent temper.
Following are the most common medicinal uses of Henna.
In addition to the relaxing and cooling properties of the
henna seeds, anise seeds are also a good antispasmodic.
1 tablespoon (15 gm) henna seeds, outer shells cracked and inner
1 tablespoon (15 gm) black anise (Pimpinella anisum) seeds,
crushed Boiled, cooled water or apple cider vinegar
1 gauze compress
1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound and grind
together the henna and black anise seeds. Add just enough water
or vinegar to make a paste.
2. Spread the paste onto a gauze compress.
Apply the compress to the head, lay down to rest for 15 to 30
Irritated skin balm
Lawsome may be the ingredient in henna that serves as an
antiseptic, bactericide, and fungicide. This remedy will not
stain the skin.
2-3 tablespoon (10-15 gm) neutral, uncoloured henna powder
4-5 ounces (130 ml) apple cider vinegar, warmed
1. Mix henna powder with warm vinegar to form a
2. Apply as a dressing directly to the affected
area of skin.
To increase hair growth and reduce hair loss.
1 tablespon (15 ml) henna flower oil
1 tablespon (15 ml) jojoba extract
1 tablespon (15 ml) calendula infused oil
½ tablespoon (2.5 ml) carrot seed oil
2 drops essential oil of clove bud
4 drops of essential oil of rosemary
5 drops East Indian essential oil of patchouli
2 drops essential oil of cedarwood
1. In a 2-to-3-ounce (60-95 ml) opaque bottle,
combine henna, jojoba, calendula, and carrot seed oils. Add
essential oils and shake to mix. Label and date.
2. If desired, warm the bottle of oil in a warn
water bath before using. Massage a few drops into scalp before
bedtime. Apply two or three times a week.
Treatment Here's an easy, low-cost routine. Remove existing nail
polish a day or two before the treatment. Remember to stir the
paste each time.
½ cup (130 ml) boiled spring -or distilled water, cooled to warm
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) uncolored, neutral henna powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) plain organic yogurt (optional)
2-3 drops eucalyptus oil (optional)
1. In a plastic or glass bowl, mix neutral
henna and water to form a paste. Store leftover mixture in a
sealed container in refrigerator for 2-3 days only.
2. Using a chopstick or flat-edged toothpick,
globe the henna paste on each of your clean, dry nails and
cuticles. Keep the paste for 10 minutes. If you have time, put
both hands in a plastic bag and cover with a towel for as long
3. Rinse your fingers in lukewarm water and
towel-dry. Gently buff the nails with a chamois nail buffer.
Then coat your nails with deep, penetrating avocado, almond, or