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Shikakai|( Soap Pod)|سکاکائ




This traditional herb which goes by the scientific name Acacia concinna is a climbing shrub with oblong-shaped pods of dark brown colour, bipinnate leaves and pink flowers. It is mostly found in the tropical forests of the Indian subcontinent.
Commonly termed as the ‘hair-fruit’, it promotes hair growth, reduces hair fall, controls dandruff and relieves skin ailments. From the ancient time, these soap pods being natural surfactant are being used for cleansing the scalp, strengthening the hair from roots, providing relief from scaling and also removing itching, dryness, greasiness and scaling of the scalp.
Apart from being a magical remedy for hair, ayurveda vouches for its usefulness in treating a host of ailments including swelling. Abdominal distension, jaundice, fever, skin problems, piles, ascites, herpes, intestinal worm infestation etc.

(Shikakai – Uses, Benefits):

1-Imparts Shine and Softness To Hair:

The essential nutrients and natural ingredients present in Shikakai is extremely beneficial in improving the texture of hair in winter. Being a natural surfactant, it cleanses the hair follicles, removes greasiness and makes the hair softer and shinier.

Boil 2-3 tbsp of shikakai powder in 2 cups of water, to make a semi-liquid paste. Add some more water and honey. Apply this paste and rinse your hair with water. Try this remedy twice a week to flaunt gorgeous shiny hair.

2-Removes Hair Lice and Dandruff:

Much to our respite, the potent antifungal and anti-microbial property of Shikakai play a key role in removing dandruff and lice from the scalp and hair respectively. It effectively removes dandruff but does not strip away the essential oils from the scalp, hence preventing dry scalp problems which ultimately causes flaking and dandruff. So, bid goodbye to the stubborn white flakes on your scalp and shoulders and also get relief from the constant itching and clumsiness due to hair lice.

Boil shikakai pods in water. Filter and squeeze half a lemon in it. Wash your hair regularly with this water to get relief from dandruff and lice.

3-Provides Stronger and Thicker Hair:

All of us wish to have a healthy, lustrous and strong mane. The active ingredients of shikakai provide the essential oils and vitamins necessary for hair growth. It holds high significance in regaining the lustre and length of hair. It strengthens the hair from roots, prevents split ends, breakage and hair fall.

Make a paste of shikakai powder with fresh yoghurt and apply to your hair and scalp. Allow it to remain for 20-30 minutes and rinse with cold water. Regular usage provides stronger and thicker mane.

4-Heals Infections:

Shikakai has a calming and soothing effect due to its potent medicinal properties. Unlike chemical shampoos, which may cause irritation on the inflamed or sensitive scalp, Shikakai provides a cooling effect and subdues the pain.

Apply a paste of slightly air-roasted Shikakai powder, neem leaves and turmeric on cuts, wounds, scratches or throbbing headache to get relief from inflammation and pain.

5-Prevents Constipation:

The suppository and purgative nature of the Shikakai pods are extremely beneficial in treating constipation and relieving from indigestion, abdominal cramps and flatulence. It improves the assimilation of food and facilitates the movement of faeces through the body.

Deseed the Shikakai pod. Immerse it in water, filter and drink regularly to get relief from constipation.

6-Cures Gum Infections:

The anti-bacterial nature of Shikakai holds high significance in preventing tooth and gum infections. It also prevents tooth decay and plaque build-up and cures gum problems like gingivitis.

Prepare a mouth wash by boiling 3 tbsp of Shikakai in water. Gargle regularly with this solution to get relief from tooth and gum inflammation.

7-Treats Jaundice:

Ayurveda vouches by the effectiveness of this potent herb in treating jaundice. It acts as a liver stimulant and normalises bile secretion.

Wash and clean few shikakai leaves. Make a chutney by grinding 6-7 shikakai leaves with 3 tbsp black pepper and 1 tbsp tamarind pulp and salt as per taste. Eat this pickle twice a day to alleviate jaundice.

8-Skin Care:

Being a potent anti-bacterial, shikakai is quite effective in treating various skin infections like scabies and also reduces signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.

Mix 1-2 tbsp shikakai powder with 1 tbsp each of cream, almond powder, honey and turmeric. Scrub your face using this mixture every alternate day to get a glowing younger-looking skin.

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100g, 250g, 500g


Whole, Grounded


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