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MEDICINAL USES OF HENNA

The henna plant has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. One of its main properties is that of a cooling agent. It is for this reason that henna is applied to burns and scrapes and is often used to treat heat exhaustion and to bring down the fever of a sick person. 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. It may also be applied to the skin to treat a variety of rashes. Henna also helps in the treatment of small pox in its early stages.

Following are the most common medicinal uses of Henna.

Headache Remedy
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 seeds ground
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 minutes.

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, uncolored henna powder
4-5 ounces (130 ml) apple cider vinegar, warmed

1. Mix henna powder with warm vinegar to form a paste.
2. Apply as a dressing directly to the affected area of skin.

Scalp Treatment
Try this updated Indian and Pakistani remedy 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.

Nail- conditioning
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 as possible.
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 calendula oil.


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