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Characteristics of Henna (Mehndi)

Characteristics

How it looks - It is a much branched woody shrub, its branches ending in spines, with white or rose-coloured fragrant flowers.

What we use - Root, leaves, flower, bark

What it does -

  • Roots - diuretic, emmenagogue, refrigerant

  • Leaves - refrigerant, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, anti-inflanunatory, liver tonic

  • Flowers - refrigerant, cardiotonic, febrifuge.

Herbal Remedies for the Treatment of Human Disorders

  • In fungus and scabies - In fungus affecting the crevices between the toes and fingers, apply a paste of henna leaves on the affected area and leave it on until the pack gets dry and cracks. Do this everyday until the infection is wiped out.

  • In fainting and hysteria - The peculiar smell of henna flowers has an invigorating effect in bouts of hysteria and fainting and reduces frequency of attacks.

  • In sleeplessness - Fitting a pillow with henna flowers before sleeping gives a restful slumber.

  • In burns and scalds - The decoction of the bark is a soothing agent when poured on the affected area.

  • In headache - Drink a cold infusion of the flowers twice a day to relieve headaches.

  • In stomatitis - Gargle frequently with a decoction of the leaves to soothe the oral ulcers.

  • In gout - The paste of the leaves is tied around the affected joints and left overnight to relieve burning sensation.

  • As a blood purifier - The decoction of henna flowers should be taken twice a day in skin infections and rashes to relieve itching and burning sensation.

   

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