Using henna for cleansing by women after menstruation is getting much popularity in the Muslim world, because the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) recommended it.
Henna was frequently
part of postmenstrual ghusl, the
purification bath, applied in
patterns and techniques varying
according to local taste.
It is widely believed that menstruating women are vulnerable to jinn and the evil eye, irresistibly to blood most especially reproductive blood.
Henna is widely used to protect their skin, hair, soul and minds
*Medical basis for use of henna*
Some studies have demonstrated henna deters some bacterial and fungal growth and also have a localized analgesic effect(Ali et all 1998)
Further more, some studies have demonstrated that henna is effective in the management of ringworm(Bosoglu et all (1998)
*The need for vagina cleansing after menstruation*
It plays a vital role in marital life between couple because men who are predisposed to remnant of menstrual blood tends to develop
All these reproductive bleeding events had to be by ritual bathing before a woman could resume intercourse and full social and spiritual life( Zulu E.M, 2001)
It was reported that the use of henna also strengthen the skin and boost sexual energy
Also, the use of henna was linked to relieve of certain degree of migraines associated with menstruation and other forms of headache as explained in Islamic medicine
Henna was found to strengthen the vulva skin
Some studies have shown that henna may have some anti-inflammatory effect,
which might have added to the
comfort (Ali, Bashir, Tanira,
1995). Henna was
recommended for ulcerations and
infections, because the Prophet
Mohammed applied henna on his
own injuries (Al-Jawziyya, 1998: 65)
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Hafsah Muhammad Giwa
An X-ray technologist
@ Alheri medicals, zaria