(Reetha Fruit), Spindus Mukorossi
Indian name Reetha fruit is also called soapnut, as it
contains natural soap. Beside excellent cleansing properties, it is known to
keep hair and skin soft. From the ancient days until now in some parts of the
world people make liquid soap, by simply grinding and soaking the fruit overnight.
The seed of the fruit contains precious oil. The extract is made by grinding
the seed and the pulp to use in shampoo.
Fruit), Phyllanthus Emblica
is the name given to the fruit of a small leafy tree which grows in the Indian
Sub-continent . The fruit is edible. This fruit is highly prized for its very
high vitamin C content. A precious oil is extracted from its seed and pulp and
used as a treatment for hair and scalp problems. The aqua extract by grinding
the seed and pulp is used in the shampoo. All water soluble vitamins and some
oil is extracted from the fruit, in the process.
is wonderful cleansing agent for both the skin and hair. It imparts luster to
hair and protects from dandruff, also helps prevent premature graying. It
stimulates growth of hair on the scalp, and strengthens the hair roots. Amla
extract in the shampoo does not deposit any color on the hair and can be used by
everyone alike. Amla extract helps replace the nourishment lost by hair gels,
chemical hair color and hair spray. Another common use of this fruit is in
medicines and tonics, since it is extremely rich in vitamin C.
(Fruit for Hair), Acacia Concinna
Shikakai (Acacia Concinna) is a small
shrub-like tree which is grown in dry plains of Indian-sub continent. For
centuries the people who have had access to this tree have used its pod-like
fruit to clean their hair. They collect, dry and grind this pod into a powder
which is considered a superior cleanser for "lustrous long hair" and
has been reported as "promoting hair growth and preventing dandruff".
Because of these benefits this pod was named "Shikakai" which translated
as, "fruit for hair". The grinded powder or an extract of this pod is
used in many hair care preparations, such as hair oils, shampoo and
name: Eclipta Alba
Indian Name: Bhringraj
Used: Whole plant
Grows abundantly throughout Indian Sub-continent.
and uses: The herb is an Ayurvedic and Yunani medicine. The extract obtained
from the plant is used for medicinal purposes, and also known to be very
beneficial to the skin and hair, with great conditioning properties.
Fenugreek is an erect, strongly scented,
robust, annual herb, about 30 - 80 cm high. It has compound leaves of light
green color, 2 - 2.5 cm long; with yellow flowers and thin pointed pods. The
seeds are brownish yellow and have peculiar aroma. It has been used since
ancient times both as food and medicine by the people living on the shores of
Mediterranean and across Asia. Fenugreek seeds contain essential oil. In the
essential oil, 40 different valuable compounds are found. Extract is used in
cosmetic preparations. Older days people used to soak fenugreek seeds
overnight, in the morning grind them into fine paste and apply them to the
scalp for half hour for scalp treatment and removal of dandruff. The hair was
then washed with Soapnut solution. The same paste was applied on the face at
night before going to bed and then washed with warm water in the morning. This
was known to prevent one from getting pimples, dryness and early appearance of
wrinkles. It improved complexion and make one look younger.
to Africa, is also known as lily of the desert, the plant of immortality and
medicine plant. Its medicinal and healing properties have been known to man for
over 4000 years, being used by Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese as back as 333
B.C. Cleopatra purified her skin with it, and Alexander the Great used it to
heal his soldiers wounds.
Crushed from the seed of a shrub (Simmondsia
Chinesis) from the sonoran Desert of Southern California. Its Spanish name
pronounces the "J" as "H" in English "HO-Ho-Ba".
USA university studies in twenties and thirties confirmed the fact that the
valuable Sperm Whale oil and jojoba oil had identical characteristics and
structure, with notable exception of fishy odor. Jojoba became a complete
replacement for whale oil in industry and cosmetics. Jojoba oil is odorless and
absorbs deep into the skin, resulting in a smooth satin appearance.
is an annual summer legume grown in Pakistan & India. It is grown in arid
un irrigated areas as a crop depends on only one or two rainfalls. Guar
hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, a natural water soluble quatemary derivative
of natural guar gum, imparts conditioning properties to shampoos and after shampoo
hair care products.