Soap pod wattle is commonly known as Seekakai (سکا کایی) and scientifically it is known as Acacia Concinna. It has been used for a very long time as a cleanser for hair and body. It is called soap pod because its bark has saponins, which foam up when shaken in water, similar to soap. Sikakai is very high in vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, D, E and K, which act as antioxidants and are essential for healthy and rapid hair growth. The vitamins found in sikakai provide the hair follicles with the necessary micronutrients to help hair grow fast and healthy.It can be used as shampoo, face cleanser and body soap.
Botanical Name :Acacia Sinuata
Hindi Name: Koci, Satala, Ritha, Allah, Shikakai
Marathi Name :Shikakai
Tamil Name :Shika,Sheekay,Chikaikkai
Telgu Name :Cheekaya, Chikaya, Gogu
Sanskrit Name :Bahuphenarasa, Bhuriphena, Charmakansa, Charmakasa
Urdu Name : Shikakai
Malayalam Name :Cheeyakayi, Chinik-kaya, Shikai Cheenikka
kannada Name :Sheegae, Shige kayi, Sigeballi
Oriya Name :Vimala
Japanese Name :Kashia konshina
Burmese Name : Hpak-ha Sum-hkawn,Kin-mun,Kinmun-gyin
Chinese Name : Rou guo jin he huan,Xiao he huan
Russian Name : Акасия Консинна Akatsiia Konsinna, Саптала Saptala, Шикакай Shikakay
French Name : Chikakai, Piquant sappan, Sappan
German Name : Shikekai-Baum
Thai Name : Sohm bpaawy,Som kon
Assamese Name :Amsikira, Kachuai, Pasoi tenga, Suse lewa
Family : Mimosaceae Habit Liana
Part Used :Whole Plant
1.Useful in skin diseases, ulcers, swelling, stomatitis, and it is laxative.Laxative:Ghee prepared with the root is used as a laxative in chronic cases of skin diseases, rheumatic disorders and body swelling.
Shikakai is a climbing, most well-known for the natural shampoo derived from its fruit. Thorny branches have brown smooth stripes – thorns are short, broad-based, flattened. Leaves with caducous stipules not thorn-like. Leaf stalks are 1-1.5 cm long with a prominent gland about the middle.
It is a commonly used herb that has many remedial qualities. It is popularly referred as “fruit for the hair” as it has a naturally mild pH, that gently cleans the hair without stripping it of natural oils. Shikakai is used to control dandruff, promoting hair growth and strengthening hair roots. Its leaves are used in malarial fever, decoction of the pods are used to relieve biliousness and acts as a purgative. An ointment, prepared from the ground pods, is good for skin diseases.
Benefits of Soap Pod Wattle:
- Soap pod has a very low pH levels, that won’t stripped natural oils of hairs.
- It works as a shampoo and detangler at the same time.
- It prevents and eliminates dandruff.
- Soap pod nourishes hair, making it grow faster and stronger.
- Strengthens and conditions hair.
- Keeps hair moisturized and shiny.
- Protects the scalp from fungal infections and even hair lice.
- Helps delay the appearance of gray hairs.
- Strengthens hair roots.
- Delays the appearance of wrinkles.
- It can treat skin related diseases like scabies, dry skin and regular use of sikakai on the skin can prevent further skin infections.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.