Latin name: Acacia sinuata (Lour.), A.concinna DC.
Sanskrit/Indian name: Saptala, Shikakai
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.
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.