Shikakai
Feb 5 2014

The benefits of Shikakai are extracted from the pods of a shrub botanically known as Acacia Concinna. It grows in abundance in the hot, dry climates of Central Asia and the Far East. The pods of this plant are distinctive since they are rich in saponins which are foam forming substances. Shikakai is an Ayurvedic herb.

Shikakai for hair
The fruit pods, leaves and bark of Shikakai are dried, powdered and made into a paste at home. While this paste does not produce the normal amount of lather that a regular shampoo would, it is a good cleanser.

Shikakai means "fruit for hair" and is a natural shampoo powder.

Constituents of Acacia concinna pods
Pods of Shikakai (Leguminosae) contain several saponins including kinmoonosides A-C, triterpenoidal prosapogenols named concinnosides A, B, C, D, and E, together with four glycosides, acaciaside, julibroside A1, julibroside A3, albiziasaponin C, and their aglycone, acacic acid lactone.