Henna and its Health Benefits
By: Krysteen ~
We all know henna looks amazing on the skin in the beautiful, intricate designs traditionally drawn for religious and beautification purposes. But it does so much more for you then you realize. It can be used in a variety of ways and in all different forms including its dye form. It is well known for its aqueous extracts, tinctures, and salves, composed of the bark, seeds, and leaves. The henna oil, bark, and seeds are the most common forms for medicinal benefits, and the high concentration of chemicals and nutrients in the plant gives it anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, and antiviral effects.
Health Benefits include:
- Henna increases the strength of the hair and, is a safe dye that doesn’t permanently affect the health of your follicles. It helps seal the hair cuticle, preventing breaking, and increasing the shine and appearance of the hair. It also prevents dandruff and can kill lice.
- It produces healthy nails. Treating your nails with henna by drinking the water the leaves that have been steeped in, helps prevent nails from cracking and reduce inflammation. Applying a poultice directly to the nail can clear up irritation, pain, and infection in the nail beds.
- One of the most notable uses of henna is for protecting the skin against infections and eliminating inflammation. A salve is often applied to burns, wounds, and scrapes.
- Henna can also help brings down fevers. Bringing the overall temperature of the body down is essential, and henna can accomplish this with a simple henna mud pack. It literally sucks the heat out of the body.
- The juice of the plant can be directly applied to the skin for fast relief from headaches. The anti-inflammatory effects of the compounds found in henna help reduce headache tension and promote healthy blood flow in the capillaries.