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9 Natural Benefits of Henna (Mehndi)

Benefits of Henna

Since ancient times, mehndi is widely used in India on auspicious occasions like wedding, festivals and other ceremonies. Mehndi is considered as a divine blessing, therefore both the bride and groom are being tattooed with mehendi on the wedding occasions. The benefits of henna are not restricted to just tattooing. It is also used in traditional medicines. Different parts of this plant are beneficial in treating ailments ranging from a headache to leprosy and other skin problems. Read on to learn more about the benefits of mehndi.

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1-Treats baldness

 

Mehndi leaves are used to treat baldness. Heat 100gm of mustard oil with 25 gm of mehndi leaves. Strain the leaves with the help of a cloth and collect the oil in a clean container. Use this oil to massage your scalp regularly to enhance hair growth.

 

2-Glossy hair

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Grind fresh leaves or mix mehndi powder with little water and apply the paste on your hair. Let it dry for 2-3 hours. Then rinse off with warm water. After your hair has dried, apply oil and leave it overnight. Next day, wash your hair using a shampoo. This is a natural way of coloring your hair. Also, it leaves your hair glossy.

 

3-Arthritis

 

Oil extracted from mehndi leaves is used to relieve rheumatic and arthritis pains. Apply henna paste to sore flints to soothe rheumatism.

 

4-Dysentery

 

The bark of the henna plant is used to treat dysentery. Take the seeds in powdered form, mix with ghee and make it into small balls and take them with water.

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5-Liver disorders

 

Henna powder, when taken regularly, is known to cure liver disorders like Jaundice and enlargement of the liver.

 

6-Headaches

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Apply the henna juice on your forehead. This is an effective medicine for a headache. If your headache is caused due to the heat of the sun, use henna flowers to reduce the pain. Make a paste using henna flowers and vinegar.

 

Apply this paste on your forehead. This provides you with an instant relief from a headache.

 

7-Skin disease

 

If you are worried of boils or burns, all you need to do is apply henna paste to the affected parts, let it dry for few minutes and rinse with water. Do this for few days. The Ayurvedic system uses henna leaves to treat inflammatory swelling, bruises, leprosy and vitiligo. Henna seeds are very effective to cure fever. Its natural ingredients penetrate deep into the hair shafts and nourish them. It also fights against dandruff.

 

8-Making Dyes

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Because of its coloring ability, it is mixed with other natural dyes and is used as hair dye.

 

9-Heatstrokes

 

If you are suffering from heat strokes, apply henna paste to your palm and feet. Henna leaves are good for absorbing excess heat from the body.

 

Though there are different brands of henna in the market, it is best to use the fresh leaves and reap the benefits without any side effects.

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