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name for a reddish or black hair dye obtained from the powdered leaves and young shoots of the mignonette tree, or henna shrub (Lawsonia inermis), an Old World shrub of the loosestrifeloosestrife,
common name for the Lythraceae, a widely distributed family of plants most abundant as woody shrubs in the American tropics but including also herbaceous species (chiefly of temperate zones) and some trees.
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 family. Henna dye has long been in use, as evidenced by Egyptian mummies; the dye is also to decorate the skin with designs.



a reddish yellow dye obtained from the leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Henna is used for dying wool and silk fabrics reddish brown; the dye is light-fast, and is also used for dying hair and coloring nails.


Lawsonia inermis. An Old World plant having small opposite leaves and axillary panicles of white flowers; a reddish-brown dye extracted from the leaves is used in hair dyes. Also known as Egyptian henna.


1. a lythraceous shrub or tree, Lawsonia inermis, of Asia and N Africa, with white or reddish fragrant flowers
2. a reddish-brown or brown colour
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Evaluation of Lawsonia inermis linn (Sudanese henna) leaf extract as an antimicrobial agent.
Antibacterial activity of sequentially extracted organic solvent extracts of fruits, flowers and leaves of Lawsonia inermis L.
Crude and ethonolic extract of Lawsonia inermis leaves showed dose dependent analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effect in rats (Ali 1995).
Barks of 30 plant species were screened against Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton mentagrophytess; only Lawsonia inermis exhibited absolute toxicity (Singh 1989).
5 mg/l ascorbic acid on shoot growth from apical (A) and axillary (B) meristems of Lawsonia inermis after 4 weeks of culture under a 14 hr photoperiod MS + Growth re- Percentage of cultures with gulators (mg/l) multiple shoots (Mean [+ o -] S.
are mixed with whole plant of Cuscuta reflexa, leaves of Lawsonia inermis, leaves of Azadirachta indica, whole plants of Clerodendrum viscosum, and leaves of Psidium guajava, macerated, and taken.
21 Tableau 4 Les plantes medicinales les plus utilisees dans les soins de la peau Frequence Code Espece vegetale d'utilisation 115 Lawsonia inermis L.
Syzygium jambos leaves and Lawsonia inermis leaves, crushe and made into V tola amount pills.
Plants that were planted around homesteads for ornamental or other purposes included Bombax ceiba (cotton plant), Lawsonia inermis (leaves used to dye hair, hands, and feet), Michelia champaca (fragrant flowers), and Nyctanthes arbor tristis (fragrant flowers).
Several plants like Achyranthes aspera, Alocasia plumbea, Lawsonia inermis, Cardiospermum halicacabum, Centella asiatica, and Vitex negundo also had ethnoveterinary applications.