Lesson no. 27 Henna (الحناء) (Mehndi).

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Names of Heena (الحناء) : -

1. In Hadees it is called as Heena (الحناء)
2. In Urdu it is called as Heena.
3. Latin name is Lawsonia inermis.
4. English name is Henna.
5. Hindi name is Mehndi.

Prophet ﷺ's guidance about Heena (الحناء) Mehndi:

Be different from Jews & Christians: -

1. Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ said that the Jews (اليهود) and Christians (النصارا) do not dye their hairs, so be different from them.
[Bukhari: 5899; Book. 77; Eng vol. 7; Book. 72; Hadees. 786]􀀃
(Apply henna on hair and beards but do not use black colour and remember we are allowed to use natural herb to colour our hair and beard which get grey). The word (يصبغون) is used for dying the hair in Hadees.

Use a dye:

2. Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه was asked “Did Rasoolullah use a dye? He replied, “Yes
[Shamaa’il; Book. 6; Hadees. 46; Eng Book. 6; Hadees. 45]􀀃

Dye hairs & Avoid Black dye: -

3. Hazrat Jabir رضي الله عنه said that Nabiﷺ asked Abu Quhafah to dye his hairs & avoid black. (Abu Quhafah’s hairs were white like flower & fruit of Thughamah plant).
[An-Nasa’i: 5242; Book. 48; Eng vol. 6; Book. 48, Hadees. 5244]􀀃

Heena & Katam for dye: -

4. Ibn Sirin reported that Hazrat Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه says that Hazrat Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه dyed his hair with Heena (الحناء) & Katam (الكتم) & Hazrat Umar رضي الله عنه dyed his hair with pure Heena (الحناء).
[Muslim 2341 A; Book. 43; English Book. 30; Hadees. 5779]􀀃
(Katam (الكتم) is a plant from Yemen, which gives a reddish black colour).
5. Hazrat Abu Zar Gaffari رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ said, to turn oldness into youngness; Heena (الحناء) & Katam (الكتم) are there.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3753; Book. 32; Eng vol. 4; Book. 32, Hadees. 3622]􀀃

Hijamah & Heena: -

6. Hazrat Salma Umme Rafe' رضي الله عنها said that Rasoolullahﷺ advised cupping for headache (migraine) & Heena (الحناء) for leg pain.
[Abu Dawud: 3858; Book. 29; Eng Book. 28; Hadees. 3849]􀀃

Heena applied by Rasoolullahﷺ: -

7. Narrated Ali Bin Ubaidullah from his grandmother Hazrat Salma Umme Rafe رضي الله عنها said that Rasoolullahﷺ never had any wound or prick with thorn, on which Rasoolullahﷺ did not applied Heena.
[Tirmizi: 2192; Book. 28, English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2054]􀀃 (Means Nabiﷺ use to apply Heena (الحناء) on every kind of wounds).

Hairs of Nabiﷺ: -

8. Hazrat Usman Bin Abdullah Bin Mauhib رضي الله عنه says that he was sent to Hazrat Umme Salma رضي الله عنها & she showed him the (respected) hair of Nabiﷺ the hair was dyed with Heena (الحناء).
[Bukhari: 5897; Book. 77; Eng vol. 7; Book. 72; Hadees. 785]

Merits of Heena: -

9. Hazrat Wasilah رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ said “You have Heena (الحناء), it makes your hair bright (نور), purifies you (طهر قلوب), increase libido (الجماع), evidence in grave” (kabar) (شاهد فى القبر).
[Kanzul-Ummal: 28282]
10. Once Nabiﷺ laid his (respected) hand on his hairs & said “For you, there is Heena (الحناء), the best of all dyes (الخصاب) for hairs, it brighten the face, increases the libido (الجماع).
[Kanz al-Ummal: 17316]

Heena for women: -

11. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها says that Rasoolullahﷺ guided women to at least apply Heena (الحناء) on their nails.
[Nasa’i: 5089; Book. 48; Eng vol. 6; Book. 48, Hadees. 5092]
Note: This is very long hadees.

Do not dye the hair with black dye:

12. Narrated by Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه , who attributed Nabiﷺ saying, "Some people will dye their hair black like the breasts of pigeons at the end of time, but they will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise."
[Nasa’i: 5075; Book. 48; Eng vol. 6; Book. 48, Hadees. 5078]􀀃

Heena for headache:

13. Narrated by Ibn Majah رضي الله عنه that whenever Prophet ﷺ suffered from a headache, he used to cover his head with Heena (Khazaab) and said : "Heena helps to relieve headache by the permission of Allah".
Ibn Majah: 3502, Abu Dawud:3823 according to Maktaba Samilah (المكتبة الشاملة)

Scientific benefit of Henna:

1. Henna is safe and harmless to use on hair, beards, skin infections & lesions.
2. It strengthens the skin of scalp and hairs.
3. Good on burns (Water boiled with henna can be applied on burns).
4. It has a pleasant smell.
5. It has soothing effect on painful site.
6. Good for nails, broken nails fungal infection on nails.
7. Good for gouts & fungal infection between toes.
8. Increases urine output.
9. Helpful in kidney stones.
10. It is an abortificant (Used for abortion or can cause abortion).
11. Promotes wound healing.
12. One can add Fenugreek (Methi) seeds with it also.
13. Reduces sweating.
14. Always use with lemon, nilgiri oil (eucalyptus oil) & boiled water of skin of Anaar (pomegranate).
15. Good for stomach infections.
16. Removes dandruff.
17. Ladies can apply on nails and hairs.
18. Do not apply when suffering from cough and cold.
Part us: Leaves, stem, soft stem, pods and flowers.
Mode of use:

It can be taken orally with water on empty stomach. Also it can be applied on hairs, beards, nails, wounds, ulcers, lesions etc. (its dry powder or paste can be applied). Henna water can be applied on burns. Always use in mild quantity. Soak some coffee, tea powder, kattah (used in paan) and water of pomegranate, nilgiri (soak some skin of pomegranate in little water over night & use this water) over night, than boil them in mourning on low flame for 10 minutes, than mix henna powder in the same water and keep it covered for 3 hours than add little nilgiri oil (eucalyptus oil), lemon juice and 1 or 2 egg in it & again keep it covered for more 2 hours and then apply on hair and breads. 21. Keep for 3 to 4 hours applied on hair, beards etc.

Content of Heena:

Gluco-pyronoside, tetra hydroxycetoxy, terpeniols, sterol, xanthones, coumarin, flavonoid, essential oils, glucose, gallic acid, amino acids, copper, potassium, sodium, iron, lawsone, hepato protective activity, ethanol, methanol, petroleum & etc.


Do not use in G6PD deficiency patients.

Science & Hadees regarding Mehndi (Heena): -

In Hadees it is to apply Heena on hairs & on lesions & also for leg pain: -

It has been clinically proven that applying Heena on lesion like fungal infections, burns, ulcers, cancerous lesions, apthous ulcers, blisters, pricks, nail infections & all types of leg wounds nilgiri or ulcers is very much beneficial & complete healing has been found on regular uses of it. It has soothing effect on pain region & thus reduces inflammation.

Heena for cancers:-

Lawsonia inermis popularly known as Mehndi or Henna, is a cosmetically renowned plant of the oriental region possesses diverse pharmacological activity including anti-carcinogenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, anti-tuberculostatic. In search of new anticancer drugs from natural sources many researchers have reported anticancer and chemo preventive properties of Henna extracts/compounds in their pre-clinical studies. Lawsone, one of the major constituent of henna, is used as a starting material in the synthesis of a variety of clinically valuable anticancer drugs such as atovaquone, lapachol and dichloroallyl lawsone. It also contain other chemicals such as isoplumbagin, apigenin, apigenin glycosides, luteolin, luteolin-7 glucoside, p-coumarin and lupeol among which many are reported for their cytotoxicity and chemo preventive activity against different type of cancer cell. Future investigation on novel molecules from Mehndi/Henna may offer great hope for discovering new cancer chemotherapeutic and/or chemo preventive agents from this miraculous plant.

Heena for hairs: -

Many researches reveal that Henna is a good source for people who wanted to get rid of their gray hair, and for people who are allergic to chemical cremes. Henna can make your hair strong and nourish it from roots for a silky and shiny hair. It repairs the damaged hair strands and restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. It is an amazing conditioner for hair that protects the hair strands by building a protective layer and locking the nutrients and moisture. It is the best and safest way to color your hair that has no ammonia, chemicals, and toxins. Henna can be used to treat dandruff and scalp infections effectively.

Some tips to prepare Henna packs of your own: -

Henna, Amla, Shikakai and Brungraj Pack

Benefits of henna for hair are well known, but all the rest of the ingredients used in this pack are also extremely beneficial for hair growth and healthy hair and are widely used in Ayurveda for treating hair and scalp problems.
Henna powder-2 cups, Amla powder-1/2 cup, Shikakai powder-2spoons, Egg white-1, Lemon juice-2spoons, Tulsi powder-1spoon, and Brungraj powder-1spoons
Mix together all the above at night with tea or coffee decoction and apply this mixture next day morning completely to your hair and rinse after 45 minutes –1 hour. Cover your hair with some plastic cap. So that it keeps your hair moist so that color will absorb quickly.

Henna, Coffee and Beetroot Pack

This is one of the best henna pack for hair and a side-effect free grey hair solution that contains the proteins and vitamins of eggs and lemons and provides a natural burgundy color to the hair that looks exactly like salon coloring.
Henna – 2 Cups, Tea Liquor for mixing, Lemon Juice – 1 Whole Lemon, Egg White – 1 (Optional), Coffee Powder – 2tbsp & Beet Root Juice – 1 cup.
The most important thing to have gorgeous hair with henna is to select the right quality henna from a good brand. Now, pour the henna in an iron bowl and start pouring the tea liquor and mix continually, so there are no lumps. Next, add the coffee powder. It is preferable to use iron vessel because it allows the henna to oxidize and provide a rich and deep tint. Soak the mixture overnight. The following day before applying the henna, add the egg white, lemon juice, and beetroot juice. Mix well and apply the henna on hair evenly. Keep the pack for 2 to 3 hours, Wash away the henna with plain water and then wash hair with a mild shampoo.

Henna Hair Growth Oil

Henna can be used to make your own essential oil, to get rid of hair fall, white hair, and pollution. This oil also promotes hair growth naturally.
Henna powder-5 cups & Gingili oil – 1/4kg
Boil gingili oil until it gets heated, and add the henna powder to boil for 5 to 6 minutes. Wait until the mixture cools down completely, and store this mixture in a bottle for future treatment. Make sure to apply this oil every 2- 3 times in a week for 2 months.

Henna, Mustard Oil and Fenugreek Pack

This is one of the most effective healthy hair remedies that contain the goodness of fenugreek and mustard oil – both of which are well known for their benefits for promoting healthy hair growth. It is one of the most nourishing natural masks for dry hair. Fenugreek is a rich source of protein that supplies essential nutrients to the hair follicles, whereas mustard oil encourages blood circulation in the scalp.
Henna – 2 cups, Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 cup & Mustard oil – 2 tsp
Soak the henna powder and fenugreek seeds separately in water overnight and in the morning grind the fenugreek seeds to form a past. Add the fenugreek paste and mustard oil to the henna mix thoroughly and apply the pack on scalp and hair. Keep the pack on for 2 hours; wash off with water and following up with a mild shampoo.

Hair Conditioner Pack with Henna:

Henna is a well-known natural hair conditioner that smoothes the rough hair cuticles close them and provide a healthy shine and luster to hair strands. It also keeps the hair straight and prevents tangling. Natural henna for hair helps in making frizzy hair manageable.
Soak the henna powder water overnight in iron vessel to form a paste mix thoroughly and apply the pack on scalp and hair in morning & keep the pack on for 2 hours; wash off with water and following up with a mild shampoo.

Henna, Amla and Hibiscus Pack

To make hair smooth and silky: All the ingredients used in this pack are time tested remedies that have been used for ages to treat hair problems and providing healthy hair.
Henna powder – 2 cups, Amla powder – 1 cup, Hibiscus flower powder – 2 tbsp, Methi powder – 2 tbsp, Orange peel powder – 1 tbsp
Mix all these ingredients with a sufficient amount of curd before 1-2 hours of applying it to hair. Wash and rinse the hair after 1 hour, and make sure to cover your hair with plastic cap.

Henna, Green Tea and Lemon Pack

Green tea is famous for its numerous health benefits, but it is also an effective conditioner for hair that also prevents hair fall by preventing the growth of DHT that causes hair fall. It softens the hair strands and enhances hair elasticity to prevent breakage. Lemon is yet another useful hair conditioner that provides a soft and silky texture to the hair. The combination of henna, green tea and lemon makes it one of the best oily hair home remedies.
Henna – 2 cups, freshly brewed green tea – 2 cups, Lemon juice – 2 tbsp, Yogurt – 2 tbsp
Soak the henna powder in the brewed tea liquor overnight in an iron bowl. The next morning, add the lemon juice and beaten yogurt to it, mix well and apply the pack thoroughly on hair. Leave it on for 3 hours and then wash away the pack with water and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Dandruff Treatment with Henna:

Dandruff and itchy of scalp are two common scalp problems that are faced by almost all of us. While dandruff is caused by excessive dryness of the scalp, itchiness can be a result of fungal infections. There are many best ways to fight Dandruff with Henna, and here we have discussed the two best procedures.
Soak the henna powder water overnight in iron vessel to form a paste mix thoroughly and apply the pack on scalp and hair in morning & keep the pack on for 2 hours; wash off with water and following up with a mild shampoo.

Henna, Fenugreek and Curd Pack

This natural hair pack is one of the powerful natural remedies for dandruff and itchiness of scalp. The acidic nature of lemon and curd fights the fungus growth in the scalp and also moisturizes the scalp to prevent dryness.
Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) – 1 cup, Curd – 2 cups, Mehndi powder – 1 cup & Lemon – 1
Soak fenugreek seeds in curd overnight and grind it in mixer and mix 1 spoon of henna or henna powder and add lemon juice and apply to your scalp properly. Rinse your hair after 45 minutes. Apply this pack weekly once. You can observe the reduction of dandruff slowly. Just wash your hair with cold plain water, don’t shampoo your hair. Apply shampoo next day. Try to use mild, soft shampoos.

Henna, Olive Oil and Egg White Pack

The best healthy hair tips are incomplete without the inclusion of olive oil into it. Dandruff is usually caused by excessive dryness of scalp and olive oil helps in moisturizing and nourishing the scalp in a gentle way. This is one of the effective natural remedies for psoriasis of the scalp. Egg white is a great source of high-quality protein that is essential for healthy hair.
Henna Powder – 2 cups, Olive Oil – 2 tbsp, Egg White – 1 & Water for mixing
Soak henna powder in water in an iron vessel overnight. The next morning add some olive oil and egg white to it; mix well and form a smooth paste. Apply the pack on scalp and hair evenly and leave it for 2 hours. Rinse away the henna with water and follow it up with a mild shampoo.

Hair Fall Pack with Henna:

There are several major causes of hair fall in the day to day life. It can be caused by lack of nutrients in the daily diet, hormonal changes, pollution or overuse of hair styling products. But henna can help in preventing hair fall in an effective and natural way.
Soak henna powder in water in an iron vessel overnight. The next morning add some olive oil and egg white to it; mix well and form a smooth paste. Apply the pack on scalp and hair evenly and leave it for 2 hours. Rinse away the henna with water and follow it up with a mild shampoo.

Henna, Amla Powder and Fenugreek Pack

Both amla and fenugreek (methi) are widely used in Ayurveda and natural remedies for treating hair fall problems. Fenugreek is loaded with proteins that nourish the hair follicles and prevent hair fall.
Amla powder – 1 cup, Mehndi powder (henna) – 3 spoons, Fenugreek (Methi) powder – 2 spoons, Egg white – 1 & Lemon – 1
Mix all these ingredients 1 hour before applying to your hair. Rinse your hair after 45 minutes. Apply this pack weekly once. Within 6 weeks, you can see a drastic change with your hair fall problem.

Henna, Coriander and Black Pepper Pack

Although henna for hair benefits are well known, but the uses of coriander and black pepper for preventing hair fall is rarely known. In reality, both coriander leaves and freshly ground black pepper powder are good cures for averting hair fall.
Henna – 2 cups, Coriander leaves – a handful & Black Pepper Corn – 1 tsp
Soak the henna in water overnight. Crush the coriander leaves to form a thick paste and grind the peppercorns. Add both the ingredients to the henna mix thoroughly and apply on the hair roots and hair strands evenly. Wait for 1 or 2 hours, wash the henna off with water and then use a mild shampoo.

General Tips:

Here are a few general tips that will help you to use henna is a more effective way and derive the best results.
You can use henna even after hair is damaged with chemical cremes, but you need to wait 45 to 60 days to apply henna because it won’t stick or give a better result on colored hair.
Henna prevents you from brittle hair, split ends, and hair fall.
Avoid henna usage if you have severe scalp infections and extra dry hair.
It is important to select henna from a good brand.
Good quality henna with has olive green color and sweet smell.
It is best to avoid henna that is light green or gray in color.
You can buy superior quality henna from a Rajasthani dealer or buy it from an authentic ayurvedic shop.
It is best to soak henna in an iron vessel that helps in oxidizing the henna.
If you want to apply oil to your hair, then you can apply it about 1 hour before applying henna.
If you think Henna doesn’t suit your hair type, then it’s better to maintain a natural diet for healthy hair.
These are the benefits of using henna for a healthy hair. Combine the henna treatment with a healthy and balanced diet and also opt for juicing for healthy hair.

Conclusion of Hadees: -

Dye your hairs with heena or katam or both, be different from Jews & Christians, heena & katam are best. Apply heena on wounds & lesions, also it increases libido, brightens the face. This lesson has 12 Hadees.