Henna is a medicinal plant which is medium in size and has many branches. The seeds and bark of this plant are used in both Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. In the large terminal branches of the plant are small fragrant pink or white flowers as well as round small sized fruits. The plant is renowned around the world for colored dye that is often used by orientals to color their body and hands.
Henna oil also comes from a henna plant ans is used for a wide range of medical purposes. Some health benefits of the henna plant, especially the oil, include treating leprosy, skin disorders and headaches.
The plant is used for many purposes such as a sedative, an astringent, hypo-tensive, anti hemorrhagic and cardio inhibitory. Henna extracts ultra violet screening, anti-fungal exhibit antibacterial activity.
Health benefits of henna plant flowers include the relief of muscle pain. The seeds have many benefits also such as regulating menstruation and deodorizing qualities. Henna oil is known to help cure headaches, reduce bruising and help you to sleep.
There are also health benefits of henna plant bark such as treating problems such as an enlarged spleen and liver and also reducing jaundice, treat dysentery. Conditions such as arthritis and rheumatic pains can also be eased using henna oil.
Additional health benefits of henna plant include preventing baldness by boiling henna leaves to make a solution, soothing prickly heat, ridding headaches by soaking the flowers in vinegar and then applying onto the forehead like a plaster.
One of the main health benefits of the henna plant is to help nourish and condition the hair as the plant is often used to make hair dyes and is a great natural alternative to commercial hair dyes.
In countries such as India henna is used on special occasions to decorate areas of the body such s the heels and palms of the hands. It is usual that when couples marry the bride will have their legs and the palms of her hands decorated as part of a customary ritual with henna paste.