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Medicinal and Cosmetic Substances

Woad is a cosmetic plant. It resembles henna and is used with it on a wide scale. Powder of its leaves is made into a paste and used for cosmetic purposes, especially with the hands and feet and also for dying the hair. Woad naturally grown is Yemen valleys and is also widespread in tropical areas in Asia and Africa.

Reference in the Quran or Hadith

Woad is mentioned in this hadith. Abu-Dhar, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “The best you can use to change grey hair is henna and woad.” (Sunan Abi-Dawoud, The Book of Hairdressing)

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