SCIENTIFIC NAME: LAWSONIA INERMIS LINN
UNIQUINESS: It is a middle-sized shrub with many branches with a height of 1.8-7.6m. The flowers have fragrance and are small in white or pinkish colour. This plant is a gift of nature for fashion in the eastern and western countries to colour their bodies and hair as well. The mehndi plant adds nutrition to the hair and clears dandruff.Lawsonia inermis is useful against heat stroke and used against a headache.Henna bark and root are used for the treatment of liver enlargement and jaundice.Mehndi leaves are soaked in water and drunken to cure cracking of nails and adds nutrition to the body.Lawsonia inermis powder with butter cures scabies, mange and swelling.It acts against hair loss and strengthens hair. Hence, henna is used as a natural agent for baldness.Because of the astringent nature of mehndi leaves, it is used to cure sunburn and other rashes in the body.
People suffering from fever or high-temperature use as a home remedy for the treatment.
APPLICATION: Widely used worldwide for tattoos, paintings and on different occasions. Used as hairdye. Leaf juice with water in sugar is given for cold or hot fits.
TASTE AND ODOR: Bitter taste and pleasant aromatic odour.