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Lawsonia Inermis

(Common name:- Henna)

Classification

Lawsonia Inermis

History

Henna is a flowering plant and a native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia and northern Australia.

It is commonly used as hair dye and with the ascending trend of tattoos henna is used for body tattoos which is considered the most safe and painless alternative form of body ornamentation.

It is been used for colouring hair and hands from thousands of years. Other than colouring hairs and hands henna has medicinal uses too.

Plant Description

Henna is small shrub that grows to a height of 6 m. the branches of this plant are lateral with leaves that grow in pair which are 2-4cm long.

The flowers are fragrant and white-red rose like.

Cultivation

Henna plant has reported a life zone of 19 to 27 degrees centigrade with an annual precipitation of 0.2 to 4.2 m and thrives in the soil with pH balance of 4.3 to 8.0.

It is perennial shrub naturalized and cultivated in the parts of India, America, Egypt and regions of the Middle East.

Parts Used

Leaves

Constituents

Henna leaves contain an important pigment called 'lawsone'. It also contains mannite, tannic acid, Gallic acid, mucilage and naphtaquinone.

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