Latin name: Sapindus trifoliatus
Sanskrit/Indian name: Arishta, Phenila
Soap Nut Tree of South India is a deciduous tree commonly found in the Southern states of India. Due to its astringent, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, it is used to treat skin and scalp disorders.
Therapeutic constituents:The pericarp of Soap Nut Tree of South India contains two new triterpenoid saponins, emarginatoside-B and emarginatoside-C, which possess tonic and astringent properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Soap Nut Tree of South India is an excellent hair tonic and thus, is a popular ingredient in the preparation of Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. It is beneficial in the treatment of skin and scalp disorders like psoriasis, eczema and dandruff.