Henna is a species of plant classified as a shrub. It is well known for being used all over the world to dye hair and make temporary tattoos.

However, the plant has properties that can also be explored by natural medicine, being responsible for the treatment and cure of various diseases.

Natural from places where the dry and arid climate is predominant, henna can be known by other names. Among the most common are privet (Arabic), henne (England), henne (French), mendhi (Pakistan). The plant belongs to the Lythraceae family, with the parts used in the leaves and flowers.

medicinal properties

Henna has an astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, bequica, deodorant, emmenagogue, stimulant and sedative effect.

With regard to medicinal use, henna combats problems of dermatosis, headache, stomach pain, herpes, hysteria, infection in Organs genitals, leprosy, leukorrhea, myalgia, ophthalmia, tumor and rheumatism. It is also indicated to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.

However, it is good to be clear that its use in the treatment and cure of some of these diseases should be indicated by the doctor. It is able to prescribe its use, avoiding the appearance of other complications that do not have the desired effect by the patient.

Aesthetic use of henna

Extracted from the bark and dry leaves, where the plant is ground and put to dry, the dye has a reddish-brown color and is even sold by the cosmetics industry. As a dye, it is used most emphatically in Horn, North Africa and also South Asia.

Through specific manipulation, henna also gives rise to a dye used to tattoo the hands and body. This product can be removed quite easily after a few days.

henna tea

One of the most common ways to use the herb in health treatments is through the preparation of tea. For this you will need only 200 ml of filtered water and 10 g of herb leaves. The first step is to bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat and add the henna leaves.

Once this is done, the indication is that you keep the pan covered for about 10 minutes. Time will help the plant to release all substances beneficial to the treatment of the disease into the water. After that, use a sieve to remove the leaves. The indication is that the daily consumption does not exceed two cups.