A Natural Green Clean | Soap Nuts
Soap nuts are a Natural Green Clean
Soap Nuts are a rediscovered plant that has natural multi-purpose cleaning properties.
They are not a nut! Soap nuts are a seed that contains saponins, a natural surfactant.
Surfactant breaks down grease and other kinds of dirt, acts as a green clean detergent, foaming agent, dispersant and emulsifier.
Soap nuts are a mild foaming agent, green cleanser and antibacterial. They can be used as a laundry detergent, shampoo, hair tonic, hand soap, to soothe eczema or psoriasis, reduce or eliminate itchy skin, clean jewelry, bathe pets, as a natural pesticide and as an all-purpose green cleaner.
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About Soap Nuts
Soapberry seeds or soap nuts have been grown for thousands of years. They come from the soap nut tree called Sapindus Mukorossi. It belongs in the main plant order Sapindaceae and family Sapindeae. The soap nut tree is a stunning, large leaved, tropical deciduous tree that grows in the Asian continent. They are indigenous to India and China and are widely cultivated in the Himalayans as well as the Indo-Gangetic plains.
Cultivating and Harvesting
The soap nut tree takes up to 9 years before it produces any fruit. However, the tree grows 30 to 60 feet high and will produce fruit for up to 90 years. The tree has small white grouped flowers that bloom in the spring or early summer. Soap nuts or soapberries are round and vary in color depending on level of saponins. Usually the color is yellowish, dark purple or black. The soap nut is 2 to 2.5 cm (1 in) diameter and their appearance is similar to a date.
Harvest time is in the fall. Farmers and families wait for the soapberry fruit to fall to the ground to ensure its ripeness. The soap nut does not require any sort of manufacturing or preserving. The seed is removed from the husk (shell) and then naturally dried in the sun without chemicals. The actual seed or soap nut does not have any saponins and is removed and then utilized for planting new trees.
Other Soap Nut Names
The soap nut is known by various names like soapnuts, soapberry, Chinese soapberry, washing nuts, wash shells, soap nut shells, soapberry nut husk, Ritha (Hindi) nuts and many more.
The soap nut has been traditionally used for its many medicinal properties in China and the Asia continent for centuries. Some of the medicinal uses include treatment of excessive salivation, psoriasis, migraines, common cold, pimples, nausea, constipation, epilepsy and head lice. It is also used medically as an expectorant, emetic, antipyretic antiviral, contraceptive and as a tumor cell inhibitor. Note: It is advised to consult a specialist before going on any special diet or using soap nuts as a medicinal.
Where to find Soap Nuts
Soap nuts are the ideal natural substitute to commercial laundry detergents and cleaners that contain chemicals like sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). In fact, most commercial detergents or cleaners contain numerous chemicals that can irritate the skin and cause serious health conditions.
It has been found that just 8 ounces of concentrated soap nut liquid is equal to will more than 17 pounds of commercial detergents, softeners and dryer sheets. Fortunately, soap nuts can be found in several natural products online and in bulk. Some of the green clean companies include:
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