Wonder Benefits And Uses Of Reetha (Soapnut) For Hair And Skin

Top benefits of Reetha

If you are tired of using shampoo for silky and shining hair, don’t be disheartened. Try Reetha for healthy and shining hair. Sapindus Mukorossi is an important Ayurvedic medicinal herb that is used for strengthening hair and fair complexion. Reetha or Sapindus Mukorossi is found from temperate to tropical regions. Its dried fruit is used as shampoo and detergent.

Reetha for silky hair

Since, ancient times, reetha has been used for hair treatment. Due to the side effects of chemical shampoos, the relevance of soapnuts is again gaining momentum.  Washing with reetha provides shining and silky hair. It is used as an important component in soaps and shampoos for hair wash. Method: Washing hair with reetha is a very simple procedure. Dipped 7-10 reetha after removing its shell into half a litre of water. Left the mixture overnight. Strained it in the morning and apply on your scalp. Wash your head with clean water.

Soapnuts for skincare

Reetha is an excellent cleanser and show a very cool effect on the skin. Soapnuts make your skin soft and prevent it from drying. The mix of soapnuts and chickpea is applied on the skin instead of soap, gives gentler effects on the skin. It makes your skin soft and tender thus good for skin health. It is also used in curing eczema, psoriasis, and removing pimples, blackheads, and freckles.

Reetha for facial complexion

Soapnuts water can be used as a face wash. Prepare a mix of reetha liquid and essential oil (few drops). Stir it properly and apply the same on your face instead of using chemical face wash. Regular use of this, give you a dazzling face and better facial complexion.

Reetha for dandruff: Reetha is an excellent hair cleanser. Apply the liquid over your scalp and left for few minutes followed by washing the same with clean water. It helps to prevent dandruff and white flakes.

Soapnuts for washing clothes: Washing clothes, especially the children shows a gentle effect on the skin. It is allergic free and helps to maintain the original color of dresses.

Reetha for jewelry cleaning:  Drop the ornaments into the liquid of soapnuts. Rub the jewellery with a soft cloth. You will see an amazing difference in your ornaments by getting the original look

Washing your hair with reetha

Using reetha as a hair Shampoo is economical and giving gentler effects to your hair. The Reetha liquid makes your hair shinier and softer. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature and keeps your scalp free from dandruff and prevents hair loss. It shows no side-effects in spite of using it daily that is not with chemical shampoo.

How to make reetha shampoo

To make soap nuts shampoo is a very easy task. One can use Shikakai to get the better advantages of this hair care product.  Now to prepare the Shampoo, 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.

How to make reetha paste

Reetha paste can be used to wash hair. Making soap nuts powder is a very simple task. Take a dried powder of reetha and Shikakai. You can also use the powder of hibiscus in this mixture. Mix all these properly and kept in a small bottle that can be used from time to time for washing hair.  Before bath, massage your scalp with this mixture along with water. Leave it for a few minutes followed by washing it off with clean water. It provides your hair a better texture and suitable shining.  It makes your hair stronger and reduces the impact of hair fall. It is used as a natural conditioner too.

Common name of soap nut

The various common names of reetha are Soap nut, Soapberry, Washnut, Ritha, Aritha, Dodani, Doda, Kanma, Thali, Boondi Kottai, Kumkudukaya,

Side effects of reetha

  • Its contact with eyes should be avoided.
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23 thoughts on “Wonder Benefits And Uses Of Reetha (Soapnut) For Hair And Skin”

  1. Great article, I’ve personally seen some amazing benefits with reetha soapnut. Anyone interested in herbal medicine should definitely check out the ebook “10 super herbs that will change your life forever”. You can download it for free here: tensuperherbs.com. I tried a few of the herbs from that book and my life has changed completely 🙂

    • Yes Mr. John

      Washing with reetha provides shining and silky hair as well as also solved the problems. Dipped 7-10 reetha after removing its shell into half litre of water. Left the mixture overnight. Strained it in the morning and apply on your scalp. Wash your head with clean water. It will help you to solve many hair problems.

  2. I have been using soap nuts to wash my hair for little over a month, I have more soap nuts that I
    cooked and put in the refrigerator. To make it in a shampoo do I cook it again? what do you do to make it into shampoo? There are about 10-15 cooked soap-nuts and I want to make it into shampoo. How is this done?
    Thank You
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    • Do you still use soapnut I had radiation and it left my scalp and body very dry and scale did you find out how to make the shampoo l have a tree and they are green when do you pull them off

    • Avoid regular basis use……apply some coconut oil or any hair oil as per your wish,leave it for one hour or more…then after you wash your head with reetha

    • Try Shikakai instead or mix the two together to see how that works. You could also try adding Amla. Some people mix all three together. Different methods work for different hair textures.

  3. Even I am facing the hairfall problem, so will reetha help me to get more hair and can it remove the dandruff i have on my head? Please help me to get some good idea regarding the solutions of my hairfall problem.

    • Avoid sun. Don’t eat spicy food. Avoid fast food. only wash with cold water, even in winter. practice Shirsasana and kapal bharti, it takes only 5 minutes. Do not shampoo everyday. Use baby shampoo. Chew your meal 30-40 times.
      good luck.

  4. I want to make reetha powder for a hair pack. Do I need to remove the seeds or powder it with seeds? Same for shikakai.

  5. Very informative; thanks for sharing these benefits and usage of Reetha. I love to use homemade treatments and Reetha is one of my favorites for haircare.
    Keep posting great stuff.


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