A perennial shrub native to northern Africa, Asia, and Australia, is
naturalized and cultivated in the tropics of America, Egypt, India and parts
of the Middle East
Description of Henna:
A glabrous much-branched deciduous shrub with 4-gonous lateral branches
often ending in spines, leaves simple, flowers are white or rose colored.
Fruits are globose capsules. Seeds are numerous, smooth and pyramidal.
Luscious floral aroma
: oil has various chemical compounds
that include ethyl hexadecanoate, (E)-methyl cinnamate, isocaryophyllene,
(E)-?-ionone and methyl linolenate.
: It is extracted by the steam distillation of
The medicinal and calming properties of oil is that it is very useful in
aromatherapy. It provides soothing effect to the mind, soul and body. It
helps to cool the body and detoxify it. This natural oil with its curing
properties is used in anti dandruff products and is also used to nourish
hair and make them more shiny.
It promotes mental peace, calmness,emotions, relaxation and cheerfulness.
Reduces mental fatigue and confusion. An invaluable hair oil treatment.
Controls premature greying. Prevent hair loss and promote luxurious hair
Cosmetics and Toiletries:
Henna is extensively used in manufacture of shampoos and hair care
products. It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the
hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair,
spreads the natural oil of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy. It
helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by
improving resiliency over time. It has been used for few hair tonics,
lotions, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, room scenting and candles. It is
also used as natural hair dyes, temporary tattoos, body decoration, hair
Henna blossoms are placed between woolen garments as they radiate a
soothing aroma that lends subtle fragrance to the apparels. It is also used
because it keeps moths away from destroying the garments. Besides, preparing
a suspension of comminuted flowers in vegetable oil for a pleasant aroma is
a popular practice. It is also used in perfumery.
Henna body art or tattoos are made by applying henna paste to skin. Whole,
unbroken henna leaves will not stain the skin. Henna will not stain skin
until the lawsone molecules are made available from the henna leaf. Fresh
henna leaves will stain the skin if they are smashed with a mildly acidic
liquid. This will stain skin within moments, but it is difficult to form
intricate patterns from coarse crushed leaves. Dried ground, sifted henna
leaves are easily worked into a paste that can used to make intricate body
Glitter henna is the latest craze to hit the fashion scene. It is not
merely being used for decorative purpose, but also for making a unique
fashion statement. They are latest fad all around the globe. Manufacturers
are designing stylish and innovative glitter henna and exporting to meet the
growing demand for such products. It is waterproof and does not have any
adverse effects on skin. It is available in the form of henna cones and
Henna stencil is a sheet, as of plastic or cardboard, in which a desired
lettering or design has been cut so that henna paste can be applied to
reproduce the pattern on the surface beneath. The pattern is cut out of the
plate, which is then laid flat on the surface to be designed and the henna
paste is brushed over it. Henna tattoo stencils are generally rubber or
plastic made, washable and reusable for application with henna paste.
Fuel and wood products:
The wood of henna plant is used as
a fuel and for the making of various carpentry products in many countries.
They may include furniture and wooden show pieces.
The leaf and bark of henna is commonly used as a
traditional medicine in several countries for curing a number of fungal,
bacterial and nemacidal illnesses and allergies. Henna contains costive
properties of the cold earth and is used for the healing burns, ulcers and