Monday, 15 July 2013

5 Amazing Uses | Benefits of Reetha for Hair, Skin, Face & Laundry (Boondi Kottai in Tamil)



Reetha / Soap nuts is an excellent, natural cleaner that is very gentle on the skin. In Northern India soap nuts are called " Reetha". We call reetha, "Boondi Kottai" in Tamil and "Kumkudukaya" in Telugu. Reetha has amazing uses and benefits for face, skin, hair fall, dandruff & washing clothes: 1. Reetha For Laundry: Few years back, one of my friend's child had this problem. He was allergic to all the detergents and the doctor asked my friend to completely stop washing his cloths in detergents. She used to wash his clothes in soap nut liquid. Soap nuts are very gentle on the skin, allergy free and are perfect for washing children's clothes. They also keep the colors of the clothes bright, as they are very mild. 2. Reetha For Hair Fall & Dandruff: Reetha is an amazing hair cleanser. It prevents hair fall, dandruff and promotes hair growth.  To use it on hair, just use this reetha liquid to wash hair. You can also boil the liquid down to a very thick concentrate, if using it for hair. 3. Reetha For Face : Reetha liquid can be used as a face wash. Add a few drops of essential oil to the reetha water and your homemade face wash that is all natural is ready! 4. Reetha For Skin: You can use this liquid as a substitute for soap. Mix the liquid with chick pea flour and use this paste on the skin instead of soap. This mixture will not dry out the skin like commercial soaps. 5. Reetha For Cleaning Jewellery: This reetha liquid can be effectively used to clean jewellery. Soak the jewellery in this liquid and rub it with a soft cloth to get the shine back. To make the reetha liquid, soak a handful of reethas in water. The reetha should be immersed fully in water and left to soak overnight. The next day boil the soaked reetha till they turn mushy and then strain the liquid. When you are boiling the reetha, you will see lather forming on top. The amount of reetha to be soaked depends on the usage.

 


METHOD:
1. Take the reetha, break it open and remove the seeds from them.


2. Soak the reetha in water overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.


3. Add some more water to the soaked reetha and boil them.


4. When you boil, you will see the foam coming on top.


5. Once the reetha turns mushy, remove from fire and cool. strain the liquid and your chemical free reetha liquid is ready!


NOTES:
  • Soak the clothes, like you do with a regular detergent for washing your clothes.
  • To use it as shampoo, boil it down to a thick concentrate.
  • You can buy the reetha in bulk, if you are going to use it regularly.
  • Soap nuts/ reetha store well for months.

43 comments:

  1. I use soapnut to wash my hair!!!! i have tried both the powder as well as the whole one, boiling it and taking the water from it... i really like it, leaves the hair clean and soft, and free from all the nasty chemicals!

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  2. I just put about 6 in a small bag, tie the ends and put with my clothes in the washing machine, there is no need to go through all the steps mentioned. They last about 3-4 washes

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    1. u mean, you dont use any other detergent?

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  3. Hi, These steps are for people, who hand wash their clothes.

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  4. i too wash all my clothes with soapnut in a front load washing machine. i put around 8-10 soapnuts in a sock. then i tie it up with a rubber band and put it along with the clothes. i put the temperature at 50 deg and as mentioned in the earlier post it does last about 3-4 washes.

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  5. Thanks for the post. Do you still need to soak baby clothes in dettol after washing with reetha? Is it antiseptic?
    -Divi

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  6. Hi Divi,
    Washing the clothes with reetha liquid itself will do, as reetha is a mild antiseptic....

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  7. Thanks Ramya Akka...
    -Divi

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  8. Can I do the same with soapnut powder?

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    1. I have never used soapnut powder but give it a try....

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  9. hi thanks for the tips. Could I store in a dispenser and use as shampoo...how long does it stay without spoiling

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    1. I would suggest using it along with shikakai and amlas for washing hair. I have a recipe for homemade shampoo using these ingredients in the blog, please check it out....

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  10. Hi..amazing blog... Gone through the whole blog.. Great job! It would be very much helpful for ppl like me, searching for natural remedies without source...thanks a lot

    No need to remove soapnut during rinse in fully automatic washing machine, if I use it as a whole in a small bag??? Could you tell me?

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  11. I am very glad that you find the blog useful. You don't need to remove the bag during the rinse, it will only soften your clothes more if you leave it during the rinse cycle....

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  12. Dear Ramya,

    Where can i spalings of soap nuts (Poovanthikottai) to grow in the my farm or in the hill station like sirumalai and agamalai.

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    1. Usually you can get the saplings from all the government nurseries..

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  13. thank you for this amazing blog. When I used soap nut, it made my hair rough, tangled and red-brown in colour.
    what do you think has caused this?

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    1. Soapnut is actually drying on the hair when used alone that is why we only use it after oil bath. To overcome the dryness, try adding fenugreek to the soapnut mixture in the ratio of 3:1, it will greatly prevent hair from drying out...

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  14. hi.. where can i get this? is htis available in oridnary shops?

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    1. Reetha is easily available in all the herb shops, some departmental stores also stock them. You can also order them online...

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    2. Hai mam i have one doubt still now i was know about tha reetha ..it wl give the shampoo feelor not ..what i try too ask reetha make a bobles r not the hair wash time ...y am asking like this question i have long hair reetha is usefull r not

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    3. Reetha does produce lather but not like shampoo, it is a bit difficult when using natural products for washing hair the first few times but you will get used to it. I would suggest using the homemade shampoo recipe from the blog which contains fenugreek, reetha, shikakai and amla...

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  15. can you teach us how to wash pure silk (pattu) ourselves?

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    1. Yes, I will do a post about it in detail very soon...

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  16. What is poongankai called in english? I have doubt whether boondikottai and poongankai are one and the same...

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  17. how can use reetha for hair

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    1. You can either use reetha liquid made by boiling the reetha like mentioned in this post and then use the water for hair wash or you can use the homemade shampoo recipe from the blog that is made with reetha, shikakai and amla...

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  18. I use reetha to wash my hair once per week and with shampoo for other days.My problem is of entangled hair and lose strands of hair while combing.I am already taking vitamin tablets for hair fall. I don't use conditioner as I have oily hair.Can someone provide me some solutions.

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    1. Hi Ria, I would suggest oiling your hair lightly before hair wash, it will prevent excessive drying. I would also suggest trying homemade hair masks (for eg: egg & olive oil hair mask from the blog) it will greatly strengthen your hair and will prevent hair fall....

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  19. How can we use reetha for washing utensils and can use it for handwash!

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    1. Reetha is a mild antiseptic so it can be used both as a hand wash and for washing utensils as it gets rid of germs very effectively...

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  20. hai ramya garu.. i have very dry hair. i made a mixture for headbath with soap nut , shikakay , neem leaves ,fenu geek seeds..i dont know weather this powder reduces dryness or not..i have lot of dandruff and lots of hair fall too ..so please help me out...does that mixture is enough or should i shift to another home made stuff..

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    1. Hello, I would suggest adding more of fenugreek seeds as you have dry hair, fenugreek seeds will prevent dryness and dandruff. I have a recipe for homemade shampoo using reetha, amla, shikakai and fenugreek, you can find it here

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    2. thank you ramya gaaru...i recently found that i had little bit of psoriasis on my scalp...plzz help me with any homemade remedy for this..does homemade shampoo recepe of yours is enough for this ???

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    3. I would suggest applying either neem oil on the area (it stinks badly) or this hair mask: hair mask

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    4. thank you ramya garu !

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  21. Hi Ramya Thanks for your blog, just loved it, almost found all i was looking for my 3 month old baby. Was suggested to use home made products (coconut oil, bindi, detergent, gripe water, veg cleancer, dish washer etc) happy i was able to find all in your blog.

    I need your suggesting for washing my baby cloths, should i use reetha or home made laundry detergent?
    Also, can you tell me what to use instead of soap for bath for my baby after oil massage (also for head bath?
    I use olive oil to massage my baby now, can i also give butter massage?

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    1. Dear Jaisudha, I am glad you find the blog useful :).1. You can try reetha for washing babies clothes. 2. I have baby bath powder recipe in the blog, we call it nalangu maavu and we use only that for babies. 3. Butter is way too sticky for massage, I would suggest sticking with unrefined oils for massage...

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    2. Thanks you Ramya :)

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  22. Once I start using reetha for 3-4 month. Can I stop using it or not? Does it effect or not?

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  23. I want to start using reetha in my hair but before that I have a cofusion, once I start using it for 3 month can I stop it or not. Does it effect my hair or not?

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    1. You can use reetha for washing hair and stop it whenever you want to, it will not have any side effects...

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