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Soap Nut ( Reethe )

بندق، اریٹھا، ارشنا، اریٹھو
Scientific Name: Sapindus Trifoliatus Linn

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Soapnut/Reethe (ریٹھے, بندق، اریٹھا، ارشنا، اریٹھو) also known as Sapindus Trifoliatus Linn, is one of the most popular herbs. When it comes in contact with water, it creates mild suds that resemble soap. Soap nut is found in abundance in places that receive 150-200 cm of rainfall each year. Hence, it is used for a variety of purposes, from washing clothes to making ornaments shine. These nuts are amazing for our health, hair and skin as well and have multiple uses.


Ritha is a common tree in Shivalik Hills and the outer Himalayas of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir.The dried fruit of Ritha is most valuable part of the plant.Its fleshy portion contains saponin, which is a good substitute for washing soap and is as such used in preparation of quality shampoos, detergents, etc. The bark of Ritha is shinning gray and fairly smooth when the plant is young.It is dark gray when the plant approaches maturity. Ritha leaves are long stalked odd pinnate.In fact the skin of the fruit is highly valued by the rural folks as a natural produced shampoo.

Details :

Botanical Name: Sapindus Mukorossi
English Name: Soapnut Indian Name:Ritha, Reetha, Aritha, Dodan, Doadni, Doda,Soap Nut,Soapberry, Soap Berry, Washnut, and Wash Nut
Manipuri Name : Kekru
Marathi Name : Phenil, rinthi, ritha
Tamil Name : Punalai, punthi, puvanti
Malayalam Name : Cavakkaay, pasakkottamaram, uruvanchi
Telugu Name : kunkuduchettu, phenilamu
Kannada Name : Amtalakaayi, norekaayi, togate mara
Bengali Name : Ritha
Oriya Name : Ritha
Konkani Name : Ritha
Urdu Name : Phenil, Reetha
Assamese Name : Aritha
German Name : Waschnu.
Chinese Name : Soapberry,washnut
Gujarati Name : Arithi, aritho, arithu
Sanskrit Name : Hrishtah, phenaka, phenil, rishtah, rishtak, rita, sarishta, urdhvashodhanah



Part Used :

Soapnuts, Soapnut Shells, Soapnut Shells Powder

Medicinal Uses:

• They also use these for washing woolen clothes.The fruit has considerable importance for its ayurvedic medicinal value.
• Soapnut powder is used to cleanse hair, skin and laundry.
• The pulp of the fruit contains a high level of natural foaming agents. This extract can be used to wash skin and hair.
• useful for treating a number of diseases like common cold, pimples, epilepsy, constipation, nausea.
• It is an important herb that is used in the treatment of contaminated soil. Moreover, it has also been used for washing and bleaching cardamoms, further helping in improving the latter’s color and flavor.

Health Benefits:

  1. Soap nuts have natural conditioning properties that help in moisturizing skin.
  2. It works as an excellent cleanser and a good substitute of regular soap
  3. It helps lightens the complexion and evens out skin tone.
  4. It helps to get rid of stubborn pimples and blackheads.
  5. It is a good treatment of skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
  6. Soap nuts are the best for hair growth and makes hair smooth and shiny.
  7. It is used to cure bacterial and other scalp infections including dandruff and heat lice.
  8. The regular usage of soap nut for hair wash can reduce split ends to a great extent.
  9. Soap nuts have natural anti-venom properties. They can be used to eject snake or scorpion venom from the affected people.
  10. Soap nuts are very effective in helping to cure tobacco and drug addiction. This is why it is provided to smokers to reduce their craving for tobacco.
  11. It relieve severe bouts of migraines.
  12. It gives relief from hysteria and epilepsy.
  13. It cures asthma.
  14. Soap nuts have anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in curing joint pains and edema.
  15. Drinking reetha juice can help control cholesterol levels.
  16. Soap nuts are anti-diabetic in nature. They are helpful in controlling blood sugar levels.
  17. It can help getting instant relief from diarrhea and dyspepsia.


The information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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