Henna (Mehendi) is
a Great Healer
By Dr. M. Laiq Ahmed Khan
The Henna plant is not only extensively
grown throughout India, but cultivated as well. It is planted as
hedges around houses, buildings and sometimes fields. It is two-meter
long when fully grown and emission of a typical fragrance is also
noted during nights. It is cultivated throughout India. For ages.
The Mehndi of Faridabad is very much popular and liked by the users.
The different parts of the plant viz. leaves, stems, flowers and
fruits are being used for cosmetic as well as medicinal purposes.
Umme Salma (R) narrates: "In
the life of Prophet Muhammed (saws), no injury or thorn piercing
was treated on which Henna was not applied." (Tirmizi, Sanad-e-Ahmed)
"Whenever somebody came to Prophet
Muhammad (saws) with complaints of headache, he directed him to
undergo cupping and whosoever complained of pain in legs, was advised
to apply Henna." (Bukhari, Abu Dawood)
In another narration Henna was prescribed
for headache also Hazrat Abu Huraira narrates: Nabi-e-Akram (saws)
said that Jews and Christians did not use Khizab, you oppose that.
The same verse is narrated by other
narrators in Nisai and Tirmizi.
Osman bin Abdullah Ibn Mohib narrates:
"My family sent me to Ummul Momineen, Hazrat Salma (R), with
a bowl of water (the narrator of this Hadith, Israil closed his
three fingers and said the bowl was of silver). A few holy hairs
of Prophet (saws) were there in the bowl. If some one fell ill with
evil sight or with any other ailment would send the water in a bowl
to Umme-e-Salma. She would dip the plate in it. I looked into the
water and found that the colour of the Prophets hair was red."
Jahzma (R) the wife of Bashir Bin
Khasasia (R) narrates "I saw Prophet Muhammad (saws) coming
out of the house. He was coming after taking bath, therefore, he
was shaking his hairs. The colour of Henna was visible on his head."
Wasila (R) narrates that Prophet
Muhammad (saws) said "Use Henna, it makes your head lustrous,
cleanses your hearts, increases the sexual vigour and will be witness
in your graves"
Abi Rafai narrates, "I was present
before Prophet (saws). Passing his hand over his head he said that
the head of all dyes was Henna which added a glow to the face and
increased the sexual vigour." (Abu Naim)
The scholars of Hadith paid a great
attention towards its use keeping in view the repeated sayings of
Prophet Muhammad (saws).
Sahaba and Tabayeen like Abu Bakr,
Umar, Abu Ubaida, Mohammed Ibnal Hanifa, Mohammed Ibn Al Sirin used
to apply Henna on their hairs.
Mohaddis Abdul Latif Baghdadi says
that its red colour is very attractive and its colour and smell
is a nerve stimulant. The fact is well understood in todays
scenario, from the impact of colour and odour on personality and
Mohd. Ahmed Zahbi says that there
are three essential factors for healing
- Expulsion of fluids from the wounds
- Cessation of production
of any more fluids
- Formation of healthy flesh (granulation
tissue) to fill the gap.
Henna contains all these three factors
and possesses very good healing properties. If Mehndi leaves are
soaked in water throughout the night and this decanted water, if
taken in morning for 40 days, is effective in leprosy and heals
Ibu al Qayyim in the light of his
experiences describes it a good healing agent for burns. Its gargles
are beneficial in stomatitis and all ulcers of tongue, cheeks and
lips. Its local application has soothing effects on acute inflammations
and hot abscesses. Henna levels extract in oil mixed with
natural wax and oil of rose, if applied locally in conditions of
backache, is highly effective.
It is a clinically tested fact that
if Mehndi leaves paste is applied on the soles of the patients of
small pox and chicken pox, the eyes remain unaffected with the disease
and besides become dry very soon.
Dry leaves of Henna if kept in clothes,
serve the purpose of insect repellent.
If the paste of Henna is applied
on nails, the lustre of the nails increases and if applied on feet
and soles, is effective in burning feet syndrome.
If the nails become disfigured after
getting fungal infection, it is advisable to use Henna with vinegar
to restore it to normalcy. The paste of Henna is very effective
in Burns and scalds. It heals the boils of scalp if applied with
The physicians of Unani Medicine
describe it as a good blood purifier. Hakim Ajmal Khan once used
the paste of Henna on the palms of a female patient who was suffering
from Menorrhagia and she got cured. Inhaling the scent of its flowers
cures headache from heat.
The oil prepared from olive oil and
leaves of Henna is very much effective in muscular rigidity. If
Henna leaves are soaked in a sufficient quantity of water and kept
throughout the night and the decanted water is taken in morning
it is effective in Jaundice and Splenomegaly.
(The writer is director, Shah Faisal
Institute of Hadith and Medical Sciences, Kasganj-)