Botanical: Sapindus mukoross | Hindi: रीठा | Marathi: रीठा| English: Indian Soapberry
AboutIndian Soapberry, also known as Reetha, refers to the Sapindus genus. A deciduous tree, it grows up to 15 meters with pinnate leaves and small, fragrant flowers. The tree produces soapnuts, round fruits with saponin-rich shells traditionally used as natural detergents. Native to India, it thrives in tropical climates. The soapnuts have cleansing properties and are utilized in various household and traditional medicinal applications.
- Reetha, or Indian Soapberry, is used traditionally for its cleansing properties in natural detergents.
- Its extracts are employed in skincare for their mild and natural cleansing abilities.
- Reetha is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used in traditional medicine for skin conditions.
- The saponins in soapnuts are utilized for their potential antifungal and antimicrobial effects.
- Reetha extracts are sometimes included in hair care products for their mild and gentle cleansing properties.
- Traditional remedies may use Reetha for treating minor skin irritations and conditions.
Culture and Tradition:
- Soapnuts are employed in various cultural and traditional ceremonies and rituals.
- The seeds of Reetha are sometimes used in traditional jewelry making.
- Reetha is extensively used in Indian
- It is well known for its traditional medicinal uses and is commonly used as a hair cleanser.
- This evergreen tree with its excessive produce of flowers in season is known for being used as a natural soap and detergent that has no harmful side effects that come with chemicals. It is soft on the user’s skin and to the environment too. It can be be stored for up to an year.
- Researchers have demonstrated the potential for the soapnut to be used as a natural surfactant for washing arsenic from soils that are rich in iron,
- Soap Nuts are 100% natural, they do not pollute our environment. Furthermore, Soap Nuts are considered renewable primary products. Thus, using soapnut based natural cleansers instead of chemical cleansers can prevent pollution.
- Soapnut tree produces oxygen and sequesters carbon hence going back to using it and planting it helps environment.