Soap Nut

Latin name: Acacia sinuata (Lour.), A.concinna DC.

Sanskrit/Indian name:  Saptala, Shikakai

General information:

Soap Nut grows in abundance in the tropical jungles of India, especially in the Deccan region. It is used as a detergent in many parts of India and is revered as a scalp cleanser. The fruit of Soap Nut has tonic and astringent properties, which are beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders.

Therapeutic constituents:

The leaves of the Soap Nut contain tannins, rutin, alkaloids and citric acid, which give the tree its therapeutic benefits.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • Soap Nut is a natural hair cleanser that lathers on application. It has hair strengthening and conditioning properties and prevents dandruff.