Reetha or Soapnut is one of the most popular herbs in Ayurveda. It is all-natural, eco-friendly, cheap, and reusable. When it comes in contact with water, it creates mild suds that resemble soap. Many of us are well aware of the benefits of soapnuts for the hair. However, their benefits aren’t restricted to just hair. These nuts are amazing for our health and skin as well and have multiple uses.

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         Soapnuts, also known as Reetha, soapberries or washing nuts, have been used to make natural hair care products since time immemorial. This plant is rich in saponin, which makes your hair healthy, shiny, and lustrous when used regularly. So, it’s no wonder that soapnuts have been a popular choice for many people who have sensitive skin.

Skin Benefits of Reetha

  • Reetha have natural conditioning properties that help in moisturizing your skin.
    Hence, they help prevent dryness of skin. People with sensitive skin can use products that are made from soapnuts since they do not cause any damage.
  • Applying Reetha on your face lightens your complexion and evens out your skin tone.
  • Reetha can also help you get rid of stubborn pimples and blackheads within no time.

Hair Benefits of Reetha

  • Soapnuts are the best for hair growth. Hence, they are used in many natural hair tonics and solutions. Use powdered or liquid Reetha to achieve thick and bouncy hair.
  • Vitamins A, D, E, and K found in this fruit are known to impart shine to your hair and make it smooth.
  • Soapnuts tame dry and frizzy hair, condition it, and make it more manageable
  • Powdered Reetha is known to fight various problems affecting the scalp, including dandruff.



For Healthy Hair

Ingredients Required

1. Two tablespoons of Reetha powder.
2. Two tablespoons of shikakai powder.
3. Two tablespoons of multani mitti powder.
4. Two tablespoons of amla powder.
5. One cup water extracted from curry leaves.
6. One lemon.


  • Mix all the powders in a bowl and squeeze the lemon into the mixture.
  • Put a handful of curry leaves in the grinder and add some water to it.  After grinding it for a couple of minutes, filter the mixture and collect the water in a bowl.
  • Mix it with the other ingredients and keep mixing it till it becomes a smooth paste.
  • Apply it thoroughly on the scalp and on the hair and leave it for 1-2 hours.
  • Rinse it with water and then use your regular shampoo and follow it with conditioner.

For Hair Fall

Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Camphor Powder + Rose Water

Ratio= 1: 1: 1: ½: 2

Steps to follow

  • Mix all the ingredients in the required proportion
  • Mix up all things. Then apply the paste firstly on your scalp. And then on your hair.
  • Leave it for half an hour. Then rinse it properly with water. Otherwise, camphor’s strong smell won’t go away from your hair.
  • Do twice a week.

For Making Hair Strong

Things Needed: Amla Juice + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Brahmi Powder + Olive Oil

Ratio= 1: 1: 1: 1: 2

Steps to follow

  • You can even use Amla powder, in case you don’t have Amla juice. We just thought its juice would be a better option than water.
  • At first, on low flame heat Amla Juice and Olive oil together in a pan for up to 10 minutes.
  • Add Reetha, shikakai, and Brahmi powder in the same. See that you get a semi-solid sticky texture after mixing. Stir and heat the mixture for another 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool. Apply it on your scalp. Leave it in your hair for 30 minutes, then rinse it with water.
  • Do thrice a week.

For Split Ends

Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Coconut Oil + Milk

Ratio= 1: 1: 1: 2: 1

Steps to follow

  • Try using the un-boiled milk, if you can. Because non-skimmed milk has milk fat dissolved in it, which is hair moisturizing.
  • Pour and stir all the ingredients well in a bowl.
  • Apply the paste on your head and hair, on your hair ends (tips) especially.
  • Keep your hair unwashed for up to 30 minutes. Then rinse it water.
  • Do twice a week.