species of plant

Henna, also known as mehandi or mendhi is a flowering plant. It has been used since ancient times to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, cotton, wool and other fabrics. The name is also used for the dye or color preparation derived from the plant, and for the art of making temporary tattoos or designs from these dyes. These henna tattoos are often used in wedding ceremonies.

In addition, the name is also sometimes used, wrongly, for other chemical preparations and dyes that are in fact not made from this plant.

The English name "henna" comes from the Arabic حِنَّاء (or colloquially حنا, loosely pronounced /ħinna/). The natural dye is still mostly used in Arabia, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan.


Henna is used for many hair related problems.

Scalp Itchiness: The anti-microbial and anti-fungal property of henna is the best to soothe the itchy scalp.[1]

Relieves Oxidative Stress: Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance in the production of free radicals. It causes hair loss, hair damage, breakage, and premature greying of hair. Henna has antioxidant properties that help reduce oxidative stress.

Hair Growth: <a href="https://www.britannica.com/topic/food">Henna has properties</a> that help repair hair cuticles, making hair strands thick and strong.


  1. "Incredible Use of Henna". 2020-01-16. Archived from the original on 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2020-09-03.