Henna (Lawsonia inermis); also known as Jamaica mignonette, mignonette, and mignonette tree; has long been used in India by ayurvedic practitioners. When you think about henna, you might associate it with hair dye or tattoos. Henna can be used, and is frequently, as a cosmetic dye in these ways. However, henna also makes a great antifungal herb you can use as a safe, natural remedy for a Candida problem. In addition to fighting Candida, henna is also able to inhibit a wide array of bacterial pathogens as well.
The primary reason why henna works well as a yeast infection remedy is perhaps due to the presence of lawsone. Lawsone is a natural phytochemical that occurs in henna leaves. If you are using henna for Candida, make sure you use the leaves of this plant. As research shows, the seeds of the henna plant do not do a good job of controlling Candida. Make sure you get the lawsone rich leaves for your medicinal use of this popular herb.
How to Use Henna for Yeast Infections
Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, recommended using henna as a decoction to treat a yeast infection naturally. Dr. Duke suggested taking 5 to 7 teaspoons of henna leaves for each cup of water you use and simmering the mixture for about 20 minutes. Once the henna tea cools, you can use the liquid topically by applying it one to three times a day. You can also make the henna tea into a douche and use it vaginally a few times a day as well.
Henna and Candida Research
One study, published in Saudi Medical Journal [26.1 (2005): 69-72], reports that henna leaves were able to inhibit the growth of Candida albicans. The study found that both fresh and dry henna leaves were able to inhibit the development of this yeast. Yet, henna seeds, both fresh and dry seeds, were not able to inhibit Candida albicans. This suggests that the leaves are the desired part of the henna plant that will be able to treat your yeast infection. This could be due to the fact that the leaves of henna contain the antifungal compound lawsone; the seeds however, do not contain lawsone.
Another study, published in Der Pharma Chemica [2.6 (2010): 320-326], conducted research on various extracts of henna leaves and one commercial henna preparation that was purchased from a supplier. The study found that the commercial henna product was capable of inhibiting the development of the multidrug resistant strain of Candida albicans used in the study. Only a 0.51 mg / mL concentration of the commercial henna product was needed to inhibit the strain of Candida albicans. The researchers in the study speculated, that the activity henna leaves had against Candida albicans, was largely due to the presence of lawsone.
The next study on henna’s antifungal efficacy was published in the Research Journal of Biological Sciences [2 (2007): 419-423]. The study used three different solvents: water, methanol, and chloroform. Henna leaves were placed in these solvents, and the resulting extracts were evaluated against several different types of fungi; one of which was Candida albicans. The study found that the water extract of henna seemed to perform the best against Candida albicans. 75 mg / mL of henna in water inhibited Candida albicans nearly as well as the prescription antifungal Nystatin. All the extracts in the study inhibited the various strains of fungi they were tested on; indicating that henna is indeed a very competent antifungal.
Henna Side Effects
Henna is generally considered safe for use by adults; however, rarely there may be an allergic reaction to this medicinal herb. One group of people should not use henna, or at least not much of it. These are people with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) enzyme deficiency. There was research published detailing henna’s effect on G6PD siblings in the International Journal of Clinical Practice [58.5 (2004): 530-532]. The study reported that, after the two siblings parents applied henna to their entire body to treat skin lesions, the children developed haemolytic anaemia.
Natural 12 Hour Remedy for Yeast Infection
Sarah Summer was one woman who got hit hard by vaginal Candidiasis. She was a typical woman who suffered from recurrent yeast infections. It seemed after every treatment she used, it was only a short time before the yeast was back and ruining her life. What was occurring was that she was merely treating the surface level symptoms and not addressing the root causes of her problem. This cycle of treatment and recurrence went on for some time; until, one day she found she had developed a particularly severe vaginal yeast infection.
Sarah knew this infection was different from her previous episodes, and so went quickly to her doctor for advice and hopefully a cure. When she arrived she was examined; and, to her surprise, her doctor had some bad news. She learned that the yeast in her vagina had grown tendrils (known as hyphae) into her skin and that she had a mold growing in her vagina. Her doctor told her that her condition was not only difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure. With the prospect of having to deal with Candida that had invaded her body to this degree, she decided to get some answers herself.
Together with her husband Robert, the two began to ardently research Candidiasis. They tried multiple remedies and therapies. Sarah says she practically lived in a medical library. Yet, all this research and effort paid off. Summer was able to address the root causes of her condition and apply natural therapies to eliminate her vaginal yeast infection. And, this treatment she had just created, kept the yeast infection from coming back. Finally, the cycle of recurrent infections had come to an end.
Sarah Summer found that the other people she shared her findings with all were healed of their various Candida infections in 12 hours. This treatment was so efficacious that Sarah decided to write a book detailing exactly how to copy her treatment. Since then many people have used Sarah’s insights to safely, naturally get rid of a yeast infection from the comfort of their homes.
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- Google Books — Duke, J. A. (1997). The green pharmacy: New discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press.
- http://www.smj.org.sa/index.php/smj/article/view/5171 — Habbal, Omar A., et al. "In-vitro antimicrobial activity of Lawsonia inermis Linn (henna). A pilot study on the Omani henna." Saudi medical journal 26.1 (2005): 69-72.
- http://derpharmachemica.com/vol2-iss6/DPC-2010-2-6-320-326.pdf — Rahmoun, M. N., et al. "Antimicrobial screening of the Algerian Lawsonia inermis (henna)." Der Pharma Chemica 2.6 (2010): 320-326.
- www.medwelljournals.com/abstract/?doi=rjbsci.2007.419.423 — Saadabi, MA Abdulmoneim. "Evaluation of Lawsonia inermis Linn.(Sudanese henna) leaf extracts as an antimicrobial agent." Res. J. Biol. Sci 2 (2007): 419-423.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15206514 — Kök, A. N., et al. "Henna (Lawsonia inermis Linn.) induced haemolytic anaemia in siblings." International journal of clinical practice 58.5 (2004): 530-532.