Henna is used in traditional systme sof medicine including Siddha and Ayurveda to treat a wide range of ailments including vitiligo, beriberi, headaches, burns, bruises, etc. Ground leaves are applied to sore joints to easerheumatism.
Henna is widely used in cosmetic products especially as a hair conditioner.. Essential oil obtained from the flower is used in perfumery. The oil is also used to prevent premature greying of the hair.
A decoction of henna leaves has been traditionally used as a fabric dye, though this practise has declined with the davent of synthetic dyes.