Henna oil is extracted from the leaves of the henna plant in India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East, and has a history of use that dates as far back as 1200 BC in Egypt. It has a floral scent, an orange tint and a cooling effect which can help to relax the nervous system and soothe the skin.
Henna oil is most popular as a remedy for dry and damaged hair and skin as it contains nutrients, proteins, and anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It is effective for reducing dandruff, strengthening and hydrating the hair and promoting hair growth. It can also be applied to the skin to treat skin irritations, dryness, infections, wounds and signs of aging.
When used aromatically, henna oil has sedative and calming properties that can reduce stress and encourage feelings of optimism.
Directions for use
Henna oil should only be used externally and aromatically.
Massage it directly onto clean skin to moisturize and treat dry and damaged areas.It can also be massaged into painful joints and muscles to treat inflammation .To relieve a headache, make a compress using henna oil and apply it to the forehead.
Apply the oil to the hair and scalp 2-3 times per week, letting it soak in for an hour or two before washing it out with shampoo.
Add a few drops of henna oil to an oil burner or diffuser and enjoy its stress-relieving properties.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.