10 Odd Benefits & Uses of Reetha (Soapnut) for Hair Skin & Health

Reetha is one of the popular herb listed among the Ayurveda, I am going to introduce to benefits and uses of reetha (soapnut) for hair, skin & different health properties. It is mainly popular for good hair health.

What is Reetha

Soapnut is the English name of the fruit of soapnut tree, which is known as Reetha in Hindi. The soapnut tree is a member of the sapindus genus and belongs to the lychee family, Sapindaceae.

Reetha continues to be listed as a well-known herb in the record of herbs and minerals in Ayurveda. The jeweler expert in India makes use of this herb to resurrect the shed lighting of ornaments that is built of cherished metals such as silver, gold and many others.

Reetha is famous for the beneficial effect on hair as it is good for the health of hair.

Therefore, Reetha is implemented as the key ingredient in soaps and shampoos for cleaning hair. It includes “saponins” that is natural surfactants because of this property of soapnuts can be applied for cleaning everything whatever you want.

Soapnut is a mild, affordable, and fully natural substitute to the chemical detergents that is commonly used.

There are many names of reetha, let’s know it in detail :). I have found a few of names of reetha.

Common Names of Reetha (Soapnut)

Reetha is known by many different names. Some of the reetha names are following-:

  • Soapnut
  • Reetha
  • Soapberry
  • Washnut
  • Dodan, Doadni or Doda
  • Kanma
  • Thali
  • Boondi Kottai
  • Kumkudukaya

Botanical/ Scientific Name of Reetha (soapnut)

The Botanical or scientific name of Reetha (soapnut) is Sapindus Mukorossi.

Names of Reetha in Different Languages

  • Hindi = Reetha, Ritha, Aritha, Phenil, Risht, Rishtak
  • Tamil = Pannankottai, Punalai, Punthi, Puvanti
  • Telugu = Kunkum Chettu, Kunkuduchettu, Phenilamu
  • Manipuri = Kekru
  • Malayalam = Cavakkaay
  • Oriya/Konkani =
  • Gujarati – Arithi, Aritho, Arithu
  • Kannada – Antuvala kayi, Norekaayi, Togate mara

You can consider wikipedia article to read more about soapnut/reetha species and more botanical names.

Odd Benefits of Reetha

Reetha the soapnut is used for conditioning of hair and fair skin tone and it gives healthy and shining hair. Reetha is known as sapindus mukorossi which is a crucial medicinal herb of Ayurveda.

Reetha the soapnut is located from temperate to tropical regions. Dried fruit of reetha can be applied as shampoo and detergents.

1) Reetha for Hair Health (Silky Hair)

From Medieval times, Ritha has long been used for curing hair issues. Soapnut is famous for good health of hair and it’s good treatment for hair problems.

The importance of soapnuts is just as before gaining popularity because of negative effects of chemical shampoos.

Reetha is key ingredients in shampoos and soaps that we use for washing our hair. It is good to Clean your hair with ritha because it has a tendency to make your hair shining and silky.


How To Clean Your Hair With Reetha (Soapnut)

It is not difficult and an easy task to make use of reetha for cleaning your hair. let’s have a look :).


  • Remove the shell of Reetha
  • Put 7-10 reetha into one-half litre of water
  • Leave the combination of water and reetha for overnight
  • Strained it in the morning hours
  • Apply it on your scalp
  • Clean head with fresh water


2) Soapnut as Reetha Hair pack

If you are not happy with your hair and it is not shining than you have your friend soapnut.
Soapnut can be used to make reetha hair pack to bring back your hair into life, give the shine and the dropped attractiveness to your hair.

  • Take Some water and 3 tsp of reetha powder
  • Put them together to make paste
  • After that Include one lemon’s juice & 2 tsp of yogurt into the mixture
  • Blend them properly
  • Put it on the scalp and hair
  • Cover all your hair with this mixture (the strands of your hair and at the ends of hair which is dry and deceased).


3) Reetha Natural Homemade Hair Shampoo


The chemical shampoo shows many side effects that helped this homemade natural reetha shampoo to gain reputation, It indicates no negative effects regardless of applying it daily, On the other side, you’ll suffer from side effects of chemical shampoo if you use on daily basis.

How to Make Reetha (Soapnut) Shampoo

  • Take about 15 to 16 soap nuts and remove the seeds
  • Remove the seeds of 15~16 reetha (soapnuts) and grind them completely
  • Put the crushed reetha in the iron vessel
  • Add around 6 cups of water into it
  • Leave the reetha (soapnuts) to soak for approximately 8 hours or overnight
    Note: soaking reetha in an iron vessel provides black glowing effects to your hair.


  • For leaving reetha overnight assures that saponin compound of reetha is taken out.
    Additionally, boil the liquid before leaving it steep throughout the night. When it begins to heat, make it possible for the mixture to simmer for approximately 10 to 15minutes.
  • One thing you need to remember that It will become more concentrated as much you will simmer the liquid. Remove it from the gas or heatsource and leave it soak overnight as the process is mention above.


  • It’s your wish if you want to include dried amla and Shikakai to your homemade shampoo
  • Amla is known as Indian Gooseberry and the other name of Shikakai is Acacia Concinna.

Remove the reetha (soapnuts) in the morning by straining the mixture.
The homemade reetha shampoo is all set, you can use it now.
Don’t forget to keep it in an airtight container that way you can use your homemade shampoo whenever you want clean your hair with pure natural homemade shampoo :).

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Reeth for Cleaning Face, DandruffJewellery & Cloth


4) Soapnut for Facial Complexion

Reetha water are also beneficial for facial skin tone and helps to clean face.

  • Put together a mix of reetha liquid and essential oil (small amount of drops)
  • Mix it correctly
  • Your face wash is ready to use.

In place of making use of chemical face wash, use your homemade natural face wash.
Usual make use of this soapnut face wash offers you a spectacular face.

5) Reetha Prevents Dandruff

Reetha helps to reduce Dandruff and white flakes because of its hair cleansing properties. Put the liquid over your scalp and keep it for several minutes and then clean your scalp with fresh water.

6) Helps to Clean Jewellery

Indian Jewellery expert uses liquid of soapnut to clean ornaments. You will notice good difference in your jewellery, liquid of reetha will help it to gets the real appearance.

  • Place the ornaments into the liquid of reetha
  • Apply soft cloth to clean jewellery

7) Helps for Washing Cloth

It often used in washing cloths, It helps to keep the genuine color of your favourite dresses and cloths.

8)  Reetha for Good Skin


As I have mentioned above, Reetha has ideal cleanser propeties which has a good impact on skin, prevents it from drying and also make your skin soft.

Soapnuts and chick pea often used to mix together and use on the skin instead of soap and offers gentler impacts onthe skin.

It helps in alleviating of skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and getting rid of blackheads, pimples and freckles.

9) Natural Anti-Venom Properties

Reetha includes anti-venom properties naturally. Some online source indicates that this soapnut can be used in removing out the venom of snake or scorpion from affected human body.

10) Anti-fungal Properties of Reetha

Reetha (soapnuts) can be used in case a person is having difficulties from fungal infection in hair and head.

Side Effects of Reetha & Things to Keep in Mind

You must prevent it from direct eye contacts with reetha. It should be employed under special care because it has insecticidal qualities which can sting the eyes. In case you notice rashes, irritation or any other variety complications on skin or hair in that case you will have to avoid making use of the mixture right away.

I just tried to cover the amazing benefits & uses of Reetha (soapnut) for hair, skin & other different health properties.

If you have any encounter with Reetha tell us through comments.


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