Sunnah and Healing Properties of Henna Print


Henna (Hinnaa in Arabic and Mehendi in Hindi) is a tall shrub or small tree, standing 1.8 to 7.6 m tall. The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant.


The usage of henna is recommended in the Ahadeeth. It is used for both cosmetic and medical reasons.


Tirmizi mentions Henna being applied to injuries during the era of Allah?s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).


Bukhari and Abu Dawud narrate that Allah?s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to advise the application of henna for leg pains.


(Tirmizi, Bukhari and Abu Dawood are authoritive narrators of Hadith)


As for cosmetics, the Hadith encourages dyeing one?s hair with henna as a distinguishing feature of the Muslims. Companions such as Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to apply henna.



Henna possesses three properties which facilitate healing of wounds:

  • Expels fluid from the wound.
  • Prevents production of additional fluid.
  • Forms healthy flesh to fill the gap.

A treatment for leprosy is to drink water in the morning, in which henna leaves were soaked overnight. It is recoemmended that this treatment be administered for 40 days.


This water can also be drunk each morning to treat jaundice and splenomegaly (spleen enlargement).

Henna heals burns.

The dry leaves repel insects.

Henna mixed with vinegar restores nails which were disfigured from fungal infection.

Henna paste can be used for burns and scalds.

Massage stiff muscles with olive oil and henna leaf oil.

Application of henna to the hands and feet cools the body during summer.

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