Scientific name: Lawsonia inermis

(Lawsonia inermis, also called henna tree)

Medical part: leaf, flower, seed and bark.

has been used by men and women for centuries – over 6,000 years, to dye hair, nails and skin. In Ancient Egypt Cleopatra and Nefertiti were known to have used it. It was commonly used for many centuries in areas of India, the Middle East, and Africa. Commercially packaged henna, intended for use as a cosmetic hair dye, is now available in many countries.

The henna dye or colour is obtained from the leaves of the plant, which are dried, milled and sifted. A mildly acidic liquid like lemon juice, or strong tea needs to be added activate the Lawsonia.


Use of henna has many benefits other than colouring the hair. Because it coats the strands of hair with the Lawsonia it makes the cuticles lie down flatter, which can result in smoother shinier hair with less tangling.

Also a lot of people notice that use of henna on their hair is almost like a protein treatment, in that it makes the hair stronger and more resilient to damage and breakage – hence why I used it once as a pre-braid extensions treatment. Remember I said like a protein treatment, henna is not protein and is therefore not a replacement for a protein treatment if your hair is in need of one; you still need to make sure you have one.

An anti-dandruff and scaly scalp treatment – Henna is naturally antifungal and antibacterial and some people have reported regular use of henna has helped with issues of dandruff and scaly scabby scalp.

Another effect of henna for more highly textured, curly, or coarse hair types, is a loosening and softening of hairs curl pattern, more ‘hang time’ with the hair – that is rather than hair standing straight up from the scalp it now hangs downwards, and also users notice they have a lot less shrinkage when hair dries. This benefit is often noticed by those who have used henna treatments at least three or four times in a short space of time say anything between three to eight weeks. This is due in part to the weight the various coatings henna adds to the hair strands and of course natural gravity.

People with fine, thin limp hair also notice that constant henna treatments give their hair more body, density, shine and all round bounce, again this is because the regular coats of henna will build up the hairs structure and result in thick stronger strands.

Medical propertes:

Anti – inflammation, astringent, anti- perspiration, henna also acts as an anti-fungal and a preservative for leather and cloths.leaf and flower extract are used for fungal skin disease, it is also used as a cosmetic for hair dye.

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