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Shikakai Extract

Shikakai is found mainly in the southern part of the Asian continent, being originally from India.

It is a tree climbing bush of thorny branches, the leaves and petals of the flowers are velvety. The flowers are pink and the pods are thick, somewhat flattened.

Composition

Named and documented in books and treatises on uses of plants and plants, it is attributed as main components:

This plant produces lupeol, spinasterol, acacic acid, lactones, sugars: natural glucose, arabinose and rhamnose. It also contains hexacosanol, spinasterone, oxalic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, succinic acid, ascorbic acid, etc.

Benefits

The Shikakai is a shrub widely used in India due to the many qualities it possesses, the most important being to be very good repairer. It is popularly known as “the fruit for hair”, as it has a mild natural pH, which gently cleanses the hair without stripping it of its natural lipid film and, in turn, will act as a good detangler.

Another virtue of Shikakai is its importance in controlling dandruff, promoting hair growth and strengthening hair roots.

The natives also use this shrub for its medicinal properties at both digestive and dermal levels.

For all these virtues it can be called “The Resurrection Plant”.

History

It was first the Brahmins and then the Buddha’s priests who practiced medicine and pharmacy together. Susruta (4th century AD) mentions 760 medicinal plants, including Shikakai and many other herbs/plants/bushes/trees, which were not introduced into Europe until many centuries later.

Forms of use include ointments, infusions, macerates, electuaries, mouthwashes, etc.

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