Henna

  • SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Lawsonia alba; Lawsonia inermis
  • INDICATIONS: Analgesic, antipyretic, seborrheic dermatitis, fungal infections, gastrointestinal ulcers, sunscreen, dandruff, scabies, headache, jaundice, decorative tattoos, Used in cosmetics, body paint, hair dyes, hair care products.
  • SYNONYM: Lythraceae
  • CLASS: Anti-inflammatory
  • HALF-LIFE: N/A
CLINICALLY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INTERACTIONS WITH:

None known

PREGNANCY CATEGORY: N/A

Black Henna is henna plus paraphenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is added to henna to make it stain black. PPD is a transdermal toxin and may be used alone as hair dye or to stain skin black. Other products called 'black henna' may have indigo or food dyes added, and are generally not harmful to the skin.

Adverse side effects to pure henna are rare; those reported above may be due to additives. Henna tattoos were popularized by the singer, Madonna. Her black patterns, however, were created with body paint, not henna.

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Page last updated 03/13/2017

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Incidence info

  • <1%
  • 1-5%
  • 5-10%
  • 10-15%
  • 15-20%
  • 20-30%
  • >30%

Seriousness info

  • Hospitalization possible
  • Life threatening
  • Fatal

Warnings in other populations info

  • Breast feeding
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric