Henna is used for many purposes and in many fields. Below we discuss the uses of henna in 3 main fields:
USES OF HENNA IN INDUSTRY
Following are the uses of henna in industry:
- Henna has been used widely in the production of leather goods. It is used to decorate drum skins, general dying of leather and for coloring cloth.
- It was used by the Persians to dye the hooves and manes of their horses. When Persians invaded India on horseback around 712 CE, they brought with them Islam and mehndi. Henna was certainly used in India prior to this time but not with the widespread, popular use that developed under Muslim rule.
USES OF HENNA IN MEDICINES
Following are the uses of henna in medicines:
- 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.
- Ulcers in the stomach or intestines.
- Severe diarrhea caused by parasites called amoebas (amoebic dysentery).
- Enlarged spleen.
- Yellow skin (jaundice).
- Skin conditions, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
- Dandruff, when applied to the scalp.
- Other conditions.
USES OF HENNA IN BEAUTIFICATION
Following are the uses of henna in beautification:
- Henna is used as a moisturizer.
- It is used as a sun screen.
- It is widely used a hair dye.
- It is also used to decorate skin as it has the ability to transform the skin with red patterns.