Replace your shampoo – Try Natural Shikakai or Soapnut for healthy shining hair
Shikkakai or soap nut for healthy shining hair
- Acacia Concinna/Acacia sinuata
- Soap Nut
- Shikakai saptala
Ayurveda the World’s most ancient yet uniquely futuristic system of Healing and Acacia concinna Linn. (Leguminosae) is a medicinal plant that grows in tropical rainforests of southern Asia and the fruits of this plant are used for washing hair, for promoting hair growth, as an expectorant, emetic, and purgative. Although the pods of this plant are known to contain several saponins based on acacic acid,previous chemical examinations only resulted in the identification flavonoids and monoterpenes
It is popularly referred as “fruit for the hair”as it has a naturally mix pH that gently cleans the hair without stripping it of natural oils. Shikakai is used to control dandruff,promoting hair growth and strengthening hair roots. Its leaves are used in malarial fever,decoction of the pods are used to relieve biliousness and acts as a purgative. An ointment,prepared from the ground pos,is good for skin diseases
This powder promotes growth of hair and removes dandruff. If used after bath it does not leave the skin dry. The pericarp of the soapnut is anti parasitic and has detergent effect on the skin. It is used for hair wash for its thickening and darkening characteristics. It promotes growth of hair and removes dandruff
General and medicinal uses
Tender acidic leaves are used in chutneys. Pods known as shikakai are used as detergents they are also employed as a fish poison. Decoction of pods is purgative,and relieves biliousness. Seeds are roasted and eaten.
Method of application for hair care – Dry powder of the pods is used to promote hair growth and prevent hair splitting,falling and dandruff. It is also used for healthy growth of hairs and to keep the hairs in their original colour.
How to make soapnut or shikakai shampoo
To use soap nuts and shikakai, you need to get them and powdered. You need to soak it in the water at night to use it the next day morning. Or
Mix some pieces of soap nuts and Shikakai. Boil it into half litre of water and left it overnight to be cool. Strain the mixture in the morning. Now, it is ready as Shampoo. It is one of the best natural hair care products and provides your hair a shining look.