Dried fruits, powder.
The soapnut plant has a number of therapeutic uses and is often employed for treating epilepsy, migraine, extra salivation and also chlorosis (a benign form of anaemia in teenage girls due to iron-deficiency). Ayurveda, the ancient medicine system of India, has ranked soapnut highly in its list of popular herbs as well as minerals. In Ayurveda, soapnut is utilized in the form of a vital constituent in shampoos and cleansers. Moreover, this herb is also used for treating a number of skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and also to remove freckles. In addition, soapnut possesses mild insecticidal attributes and, hence, is also employed to eliminate lice from the scalp. As the soapnut plant also possesses anti-microbial attributes, it is beneficial for septic systems. Soapnut is a valuable herb and is often used to treat contaminated soil. In addition, this herb has been employed for cleansing as well as bleaching cardamoms with a view to further enhance their hue as well as flavour. As soapnut possesses a soap-like attribute, it is used to prepare cleansing lotion, shampoo, protein shampoo as well as protein shampoo added with conditioner. This fruit encloses elevated amounts of saponins. In addition, it is also anti-bacterial, a cleanser and a gentle foaming agent. Soapnut is pulverized into a powder and used for cleansing hair, skin as well as washing laundry. It is also useful for getting rid of stains on your hand and it may also be beneficial for people suffering from psoriasis, eczema and inflamed and sensitive skin. This herb is a wonderful tonic for the hair. Soapnut extract is obtained from the trees of the soapnut (Sapindus Mukorossi) tree. The soapnut fruit pulp encloses elevated amounts of natural foaming substances. You can not only use soapnut extract to cleanse your hair and skin, but also wash clothes, especially woollen garments. An excellent facial can be prepared by adding soapnut to a mixture of clay and milk powder for cleansing the skin delicately. In addition, soapnut can also be blended with salt scrubs to enhance its cleansing action. Soapnut encloses high amounts of saponins, which are used in the form of a textile auxiliary and also for toothpaste production. Soapnut is also helpful for curing more than a few ailments, such as common cold, constipation, pimples, nausea, epilepsy and some others. In addition, soapnut is also employed for treating conditions like diarrhea, asthma, verminosis, and cholera as well as gastralgia dyspepsia. This herb is also used for treating hysteria, lumbago (pain in the lumbar region), and dyspepsia as well as worm affection. Soapnut is often used in the form of a surfactant and also for cleansing hairs as well as fabrics. The soapnut trees enclose the maximum amount of saponin, which is a naturally occurring detergent extensively used for cleaning several things. In addition, soapnut has also been used for various therapeutic purposes in the form of an emetic, expectorant, contraceptive as well as for curing a number of conditions, including head lice, psoriasis, epilepsy, migraines and excessive salivation. Findings of various scientific studies have revealed that saponins contained in soap nuts restrain the growth of tumour cells. Soapnuts are extensively used in Ayurvedic cleansers and shampoos. In addition, Ayurvedic medicine uses soap nuts to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In the West too, soap manufacturers have been using saponins for long. Usually, they use saponins extracted from soap nuts along with several chemical additives that may not be essential for the real washing process and may harm the users as well as contaminate the environment. In fact, over the years, saponins have turned out to be extremely well-accepted substitutes for the chemical detergents. Saponins are considered to be environment friendly and also safe for use. In India, jewellers have been using the soapnut plant for restoring the brightness of gold, silver ornaments as well as those made from other precious metals.
Soapnut is generally propagated by its seeds, which have been found to have a tendency to germinate without any difficulty. In order to ensure speedy as well as satisfactory germination of these seeds, it is advisable that you drench them in warm water for no less than 24 hours prior to sowing. However, some people favour scratching the surface of the seeds before soaking them. They scarify the seeds by carefully scraping, filling or striking them. The soaked seeds may be sown right away into their permanent positions outdoors or in containers. To sow the seeds outdoors, you need to prepared square pits measuring 5 meters (16 feet) on all sides and these pits should be well spaced. Ideally, the pits or containers should be packed will clayey loam soil blended with manure from farmyard. Alternately, you may prepare nursery beds using the same soil and manure for sowing the seeds.
Chemical analysis of the soapnut fruit has revealed that its most important chemical constituents include saponins, kaempferol, sapindoside A and B, oleic, stearic, palmitic and linoleic and eicosenoic acids, B-sitosterol, glycerides as well as quercetin.