Friday, August 6, 2010

A Natural Shampoo

The Shikakai, Acacia concinna is a thorny shrub, whose fruits are used to make a natural shampoo in India. The brown fruit which is called Shikakai or Soapnut is dried and powdered . This powder is used to wash oiled hair. Hair glows with a sheen after using this shampoo.

Shikakai is mild, but it can remove oil as well as a detergent. People use it to clean oil lamps and oily vessels too.
This acacia is a host plant for the Common Laskar butterfly.


  1. Beautiful tree..
    Great story.

  2. The tree looks beautiful and so useful! Thanks for the info. Enjoy your weekend lotusleaf ;-)

  3. What a useful tree to have at home, we could save a lot on shampoo n detergents! Great post..

  4. My mother use to wash our hair with Shikakai when we were young! Now i know how Shikakai shrub look like!

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