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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Soap Nuts - Hair and Skin Benefits

Soap nuts are natural fruits that grow on the reetha tree, also known as the soapberry tree. They have been used for centuries in India, China, and Nepal for various purposes, such as cleaning, washing, and personal care. Soap nuts contain a substance called saponin, which is a natural surfactant that creates foam and cleanses dirt, grease, and bacteria. Soap nuts are eco-friendly, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and odorless. They are also rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K, which nourish the skin and hair. Here are some of the health benefits of using soap nuts for your hair and skin.

Hair Benefits of Soap Nuts

  • Soap nuts can act as a natural shampoo and conditioner for your hair. They gently cleanse your scalp and hair without stripping away the natural oils or damaging the hair follicles. They also moisturize your hair and make it soft, shiny, and smooth.

  • Soap nuts can help prevent and treat scalp infections, such as dandruff, lice, and fungal infections. They have antimicrobial and insecticidal properties that kill the harmful microorganisms and parasites that cause these conditions. They also soothe the itching and inflammation associated with them.

  • Soap nuts can stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. They improve blood circulation to the scalp and provide essential nutrients to the hair roots. They also balance the pH level of the scalp and prevent excess sebum production, which can clog the pores and inhibit hair growth.

Skin Benefits of Soap Nuts

  • Soap nuts can be used as a natural face wash and body wash for your skin. They gently exfoliate your skin and remove the dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and makeup. They also hydrate your skin and keep it soft, supple, and glowing.

  • Soap nuts can help treat various skin problems, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, blackheads, pimples, and rashes. They have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that reduce the redness, swelling, and infection caused by these conditions. They also regulate the oil production of the skin and prevent clogged pores.

  • Soap nuts can improve your skin tone and complexion. They have antioxidant properties that protect your skin from free radical damage and premature aging. They also lighten the dark spots, blemishes, scars, and pigmentation on your skin.

How to Use Soap Nuts

There are different ways to use soap nuts for your hair and skin care. Here are some of the common methods:

  • To make a soap nut liquid soap, you need to boil about 10-15 soap nuts in 4 cups of water for about 20 minutes. Then strain the liquid and store it in a glass bottle or jar. You can use this liquid as a shampoo, face wash, body wash, or hand wash.

  • To make a soap nut powder, you need to dry the soap nuts in the sun or in an oven until they become brittle. Then grind them into a fine powder using a blender or a mortar and pestle. You can use this powder as a scrub, mask, or cleanser for your hair and skin.

  • To use soap nuts directly on your hair or skin, you need to soak about 5-6 soap nuts in water overnight. Then squeeze out the pulp from the soap nuts and rub it on your wet hair or skin. Rinse it off with water after a few minutes.

A Word of Caution

Soap nuts are generally safe to use for most people. However, some people may have allergic reactions or sensitivity to them. Therefore, it is advisable to do a patch test before using them on your hair or skin. Also, avoid contact with your eyes as soap nuts can cause irritation or swelling in them.

Soap nuts are a wonderful natural alternative to chemical-based products for your hair and skin care. They offer many health benefits without any harmful side effects. Try them out today and see the difference for yourself!

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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