By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
Henna or Mehendi is more than just a hair coloring herb. It is a very good hair tonic and strengthens the hair roots. It also possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is effective against dandruff and scalp fungal infections.
Botanical name – Lawsonia inermis Linn
Family – Lythraceae.
Used part – leaves contain 12-16% of natural dye.
The leaves are coolants and pacify Pitta and Kapha Doshas.
Ayurveda explains about analgesic, cholagogue and anti inflammatory properties. It is a laxative and appetizer too.
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Effective Henna home remedies:
Greying of hair
1. Henna powder application and rinsing of hair in greyness of hair:
Mature leaves are made into fine paste. According to the need liquorice (Yastimadhu), Indigofera tinctoria(neelini), Amla(Emblica officinalis) etc are also added while applying this to the scalp,to get the added benefits.
This is suitable to those who have hair dye allergy and to get long term health benefit to the scalp. In addition it has cooling effect and prevents from thinning and falling of hair.
2. Henna leaf juice with sugar candy in Dysuria and burning urination:
10-15 ml of fresh juice of leaves is added with
3-5 gram of sugar and
10-15 ml of fresh juice of Durva (Cynodon dactylon Linn.)
This juice mix is administered in a dose of 15 ml, 2 times a day. It relieves burning urination and difficulty in passing the urine.
Constipation, abdominal distension
3. Leaf paste with raisins in constipation and repeated distension of abdomen:
5 – 10 gram of henna leaves and 5 – 10 grams of raisins are taken and fine paste is made.
This is administered during at night, after food in a dose of 10 – 20 grams.
This helps to pass the bowel freely and to relieve distention of adbomen. In burping and gurgling, half a teaspoonful of fennel and cumin seeds are added to this and taken at night.
For healthy hair
4. Henna and Triphala powder for silky and lustrous dark hair:
Equal amount of Triphala and henna are taken and fine powder is made.
This is administered orally in a dose of 3-5 grams, once or twice a day. This helps to achieve lustrous silky hair and bright eyes.
Itchy scalp, split hairs
5. Liquorice and henna powder hair wash for boils, itching of scalp and splitting of hair:
50 grams of each of liquorice(Yastimadhu-Glycciriza glabra) and henna are taken and soaked in 2 liters of cold water. Next morning, this is macerated well and filtered gently. This is used to rinse the hair. It is found to be very effective in case of boils or blisters of scalp, itching of scalp and splitting of the hair.
6. Henna and d Phyllanthus(Phyllanthus indica or Phyllanthus amarus) whole plant juice for jaundice:
1 fist full of each of Henna and Phyllanthus indica are taken and pounded with 10 grams of cumin seeds. This helps to mask the peculiar smell. Fresh juice is extracted and filtered. This, in a dose of 1- – 15 ml, is administered along with sweet buttermilk in the morning, on empty stomach. This remedy acts as a carminative, digestive and cholagogue. It relieves jaundice.
Hair care oil
7. Traditional oil for hair care using henna:
10 gram each of Fenugreek seeds , Gunja (Abrus precatorius-leaves), amla (Emblica officinalis – dried fruit rind) and 30 gram of henna (fresh leaf) are taken together and cooked with 200 ml of sesame oil, in mild intensity of heat.
This oil can be used to apply to the scalp regularly. This is a traditional hair oil used since several decades in our family.
Henna plant is the queen of cosmetics, especially in hair care products and traditional Mehendi applications. Traditional practices and healthcare are closely related one another and usage of henna is a good example in this respect.
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