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A flowering plant used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool, henna is an important aspect of Sudanese culture.
It is a small tree with multi-branches. It is made up of leaves, henna flowers, petals and fruits. For hair and skin, a power is made from its fresh leaves.
Henna is used to preserve leather and other clothes since it acts as an anti-fungal. The flowers of the plant are used to make perfume as it has a nice smell and its smell repels some pests and mildew. As a cosmetic item, henna helps fight hair loss, conditions damaged and dry hair, reduces dandruff and fights head lice. It also cures headache, heals slight burns and heals an aching sole if applied directly to it. The leaves are also beneficial for mouth ulcers and blisters.
Hailing from the genus called Lawsonia and the family, Lythraceae, Henna is a small multi-branched tree cultivated on a commercial level in Sudan. Its burgundy color is due to Lawsone, an organic compound closely afiiliated with protein.