The Soap that Grows on a Tree!
The Sapindus Mukorossi tree, also known as the Soapnut tree grows naturally in the Himalayan Ranges. There are over 2000 species of Soapnut tree. Soapnut trees grow 13 to 18 meters high, take 9 years to mature and then drop their berries (or SoapNuts) naturally for 90 years. Thus the Soapnut tree’s life cycle is extremely long, allowing a natural and sustainable cultivation. People of Asian countries refer to the fruit of these trees as Reetha, Areetha, Kala kamodi, Soapnuts and Soapberries. The fruit is wild harvested from September to February. The shell is then dried in the sun, the natural way, without adding/using any chemicals. In fact, the whole process uses no chemicals nor fossil fuels, except in the transportation of the product to the market or to the end user.
It is the outer shell – rich in natural saponins – which act as water surfactants (surface-active substance) – that the native families in south Asian countries have used for centuries to wash their clothes, hair and bodies. They toss 2-3 shells into a small burlap bag, an old sock, or in any other piece of cloth and work it in with their laundry. The SoapNuts, as they are now called, absorb water and release their saponins which circulate as a natural surfactant in the wash water, reducing the surface tension of the water and freeing dirt, grime and soil from the clothing.
When the clothes are rinsed the SoapNut’s saponinstogether with the dirt are washed downstream where they remain harmless to the environment. No synthetic chemicals, no fragrance chemicals, no foaming agents, nor bleaching agents or other toxins. Just SoapNuts as grown by Mother Nature on trees!
Soapnut trees have grown naturally, in the forest and hill track areas (particularly in the Himalayan ranges) for centuries. The Soapnut is used as a natural soap, detergent, and cleaner for all kinds of dirt removal. The Soapnut shells have also been used for cleaning gold and silver ornaments for centuries in the south and central Asian countries. Women throughout the entire world, especially in south Asian countries, have used Soapnuts as a natural shampoo for their hair for thousands of years as it helps to make hair strong, healthy and silky. Soapnuts are particularly effective in treating dandruff,
head lice and many other diseases of the hair and scalp. The used shells of the Soapnuts are 100% biodegradable, so they reduce the amount of landfill as you just add them to your compost heap or worm farm and they will turn into a natural fertilizer for your garden and plants to enjoy.
The Soapnut trees are extremely beneficial to Humanity, Our Earth, Mother Nature and our total environment. You will hardly find another product which is roughly as Eco friendly as “the Soapnut trees”.
washnuts, soapnuts, soapberry, soappods, reetha, areetha, laundrynuts etc. their scientific or botanical name is sapindus Mukorossi, sapindus Trifoliatus and sapindus rarak.