Cassia Obovata is a natural hair conditioner treatment for all hair colours and all hair types including greasy hair, dry hair, and damaged hair. This herbal hair conditioner cleanses and restores the natural ph balance and adds body and shine to limp hair. It also naturally highlights blonde hair. Cassia obovata, also known as senna, senna italica, senna obovata, and colourless henna, is an ancient ayurvedic herb that has been used in India as a plant based hair treatment for centuries.
You might say Cassia Obovata is nature’s own hair booster and the best hair conditioner in one. It is an anti bacterial and anti fungal hair treatment. It will condition and volumise your hair after one application, giving the appearance and feel of a thicker, fuller head of hair. Cassia obovata is commonly confused with henna and mistakenly called “colourless henna” though in fact it comes from a different plant. When the leaves are crushed, the powder looks similar to henna leaf powder but it is lighter in colour. It promotes healthy, soft and shining hair, and is also reputed to help clear dandruff.
Cassia obovata is not a hair colour for dark hair but it may impart mild colour to lighter hair colour tones. It is an anti-gray hair treatment when mixed with an acid base like lemon juice, and it naturally highlights blonde hair. It is often used on blonde hair in conjunction with rhubarb root powder for golden blonde highlights.
Cassia Obovata Flowers are Yellow or Orange
To use, simply mix cassia obovata powder with water into a henna-like mud paste, apply to the scalp and hair, for as long as you like – the maximum recommended time is 30 minutes ( unless you’re using it as anti-gray, or with henna, in which case leave it in as long as you like). Wash out and you’re left with beautiful, naturally conditioned & cleansed, hair and scalp. You may add a teaspoon or two of your favourite oil to the paste for added moisture and nourishment.
Cassia Obovata is a natural hair conditioner treatment (click to buy cassia obovata) for dry hair and damaged hair. This herbal hair conditioner will restore damaged hair when used regularly. It will also naturally highlight blonde hair.
Cassia Obovata – Natural Blonde Highlights
Cassia obovata is commonly confused with henna and mistakenly known as “colourless henna” or “neutral henna” though in fact it comes from an altogether different plant. When crushed, it looks similar to henna leaf powder but is lighter in colour. It promotes healthy, soft and shining hair, and is also reputed to help clear dandruff. Cassia obovata is for deep hair conditioning and, on blonde hair, it will naturally highlight the blonde without changing hair colour (on darker hair colours it will not impart any noticeable colour). Cassia obovata can be combined with rhubarb root for an even deeper hair conditioning treatment and to further enhance golden blonde tones. And it can be combined with just a touch of pure henna for strawberry blonde, and with acacia catechu for dark blonde. Cassia obovata will help restore hair damaged though peroxide bleach.
Really Getting to Know Cassia Obovata and its Relatives
Incidentally, Cassia Obovata is also commonly referred to as Senna Obovata. It is important not to confuse this species of cassia with the cassia which is known as pure cinnamon. There are around 400 varieties of cassia !
Here’s the difference : the “cinnamon” cassia is categorised botanically as Cinnamomum Cassia (BLUME) – also known as senna. It’s family is the N.O. Lauraceae. It’s medicinal action and uses are : stomachic, carminative, mildly astringent. Chiefly used to assist and flavour other drugs, being helpful in diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and to relieve flatulence.
Cassia Obovata is a different plant and its crushed powdered leaves looks a lot like henna powder but function very differently to henna. It’s primary characteristics are : anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Basically, it is highly effective against microbes and fungi. Hence, excellent as a dandruff treatment, and an excellent skin and natural hair conditioner. It has been known to soothe and restore the most damaged hair and skin.
Anthraquinones and Chrysophanic Acid = Hair Healers = Yellow Dye = Healing
The great thing about cassias like cassia obovata and cassia alata (and some other cassias too) is that they contain particularly high levels of anthraquinones and chrysophanic acid. These scary sounding names are supremely effective in promoting healing, and healthy hair and skin. They are reputed to be anti cancer and there is a good body of scientific literature around supporting this. These are amazing plants that far outwit chemical hair products. Chrysophanic acid in its pure form is yellow, therefore although cassia obovata is “neutral” and generally considered non staining, if it has particularly high levels of chrysophanic acid it may stain yellowish – just like rhubarb root which also has high concentrations of chrysophanic acid. Don’t be scared of the yellow stain – it’s an indication of the presence of a potent, excellent tonic. Cassia obovata, cassia alata, and rhubarb root, are all excellent candidates for mixing with henna to achieve golden and light strawberry colour tones.
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Cassia Obovata Mud for Skin and Nail Repair
Cassia obovata is also a beautiful nail and skin conditioning treatment for dry skin and splitting fingernails or toenails. It has both antiseptic and antifungal properties and can be applied to inflamed and irritated skin around the nails. Mix up the powder with water till the paste is of a smooth mud like consistency and apply the mud once or twice a week. Norma Pasekoff Weinberg in her book “Henna from Head to Toe” says some people prefer to use boiled spring or distilled water, cool to lukewarm, to mix up their paste, and recommends adding a teaspoonful of yoghurt and/or 2 – 3 drops of eucalyptus oil for a nail treatment. Before using any essential oil, however, check for sensitivity first. Do not use essential oils in pastes for diabetics, children, and pregnant mothers. Anyone suffering from any medical condition should check first with their medical care provider. You can use your hands, or a wooden spatula or the length of a wooden toothpick to apply the paste to clean dry skin or nails and cuticles, leave on for ten minutes or longer and wash off. If you have time, after applying the cassia paste wrap hands/body in some plastic wrap (cling film) and cover up with a towel or old sheet/s. Leave on as long as possible. Then rinse off gently with lukewarm water. For nails, finish by buffing with a chamois nail buffer, and for skin and nails, end with a soothing coat of any good quality cold pressed oil or paraben free moisturiser. Left over paste can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for 2 to 3 days.