Botanical Name: Lawsonia inermis
Henna is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.
Historically, henna has been used for severe diarrhea caused by a parasite (amoebic dysentery), cancer, enlarged spleen, headache, jaundice, and skin conditions. These days, people take henna for stomach and intestinal ulcers.
Henna is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for dandruff, eczema, scabies, fungal infections, and wounds.
In manufacturing, henna is used in cosmetics, hair dyes, and hair care products; and as a dye for nails, hands, and clothing.
People also use henna on the skin as temporary “tattoos.”
Henna contains substances that might help fight certain infections. There is also some information that henna might decrease the growth of tumors, prevent or reduce spasms, decrease inflammation, and relieve pain.
• Ulcers in the stomach
• Severe diarrhea
• Skin conditions (eczema, fungal and scabies)
• Skin tattoos