Arappu

 
The word “Arappu” always brings a smile to my face. Because even now, if my elders find out that I am having hair wash with shampoo, I get a good scolding. Arappu is a powder made from the leaves of arappu tree. It’s botanical name is Albizia amara. Arappu acts as a natural conditioner. After having a nice hot oil massage, having hair wash with arappu powder is the most relaxing thing I can think off. I think you should experience it, to fully appreciate having hair wash with arappu. We get arappu powder even in cities now. Some people mix it with shikkakai powder to get good lather. But if you make arappu powder with tender leaves, you don’t need shikkakai powder at all. It’s sad to see, using arappu is slowly diminishing. I agree that it takes some time to massage the oil and have hair wash with araapu, but it’s totally worth it. Arappu cools the body and it’s chemical free. I read an article few weeks back, saying how you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up in the scalp due to regular shampoo and conditioner use. It really made me laugh. I think we should follow our traditions, whenever time permits to keep ourselves healthy. Arappu powder keeps well, for more than a year.

METHOD:
1. Take the tender leaves of the arappu tree and spread it over a paper or a plate and sundry it till crisp.

2. Once the leaves are crisp, powder it finely in a mixer. We usually sun dry large amounts and grind and store it for the whole years use.

3. To have hair wash, mix the arappu powder with enough water to get a thick paste.

NOTES:

  • The leaves should be sun dried till crisp.
  • If using store bought one, you can add a tsp of shikkakai powder along with arappu powder.

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123 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 16, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Hi Ramya,Where can I get these arappu leaves? How to grind large amount of these leaves?Thanks

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014 / 4:04 pm

      In Shetty Angadi…

  2. ramya
    May 17, 2013 / 2:11 am

    Hi, You can get arappu leaves, only if you visit a village. We usually grind large amount of these leaves in the place, where they grind flours. But you can get good quality arappu powder in all the cities in Tamilnadu. In Coimbatore, we get good quality arappu powder in "Rangaswamy chettiar" shop.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2013 / 11:06 pm

      My wife and I had a hearty laugh upon mention of "Rangaswamy chettiar" shop. I'm from Chennai, and Arappu sold in Chennai is like sand and I do think it is nothing but fine sand. My wife is from Coimbatore, who was used the Arappu powder from the shop you mentioned. That arrappu and even the one sold by vendors in bicycle in the morning is so good even today and makes so much lather even without mixing with shikkakai.BTW, we live in US and every time we make trip to India, we get a few kgs of another product, "samba rava" from "Rangasamy Chettiar" shop in DB Road. Its priceless!!Ram

    • vinu priya
      December 2, 2014 / 9:50 am

      where is that shop in coimbatore ma….can you tell a clear address.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 2, 2014 / 4:44 pm

      This shop is in D.B Road, R.S Puram, Coimbatore…….

    • vasanthakumar
      December 11, 2015 / 7:04 am

      Arapu powder is available in palamudhir in avinashi road branch.

    • Bhuvana
      September 16, 2017 / 8:33 am

      its available in kannan dept stores..

  3. Anonymous
    May 17, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Hi,Do you grind these leaves in the same machine used for the grains or some other machine.

  4. ramya
    May 17, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    No, they don't grind it in the same machine. They have a separate machine to grind things other than food.

  5. Lakshmi Priya
    September 24, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    Thank you so much for the info. I am in CBE.. Could you please say where is the shop?

  6. Archana
    September 25, 2013 / 7:26 am

    Hi everyone. I recently heard about this Arappu Podi from my friend. There is this website Yumshoppy (new one though) where you can buy Arappu Podi. Since it was a new website I placed a small order to check if it is reliable. I got my Arappu Podi last evening. I used it today and im glad I found a way to getit. Hope this is helpful to you all :)http://www.yumshoppy.com/categories/hair-care

  7. ramya
    September 26, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    Lakshmi, the shop is in D.B Road, Coimbatore.

  8. Anonymous
    March 4, 2014 / 2:14 am

    I m in Australia how can I get arapu podi

  9. ramya
    March 4, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    I am very sorry, I don't know where we get arappu powder in Australia….

  10. Kalpana
    April 5, 2014 / 5:27 am

    Hello Ramya,thanks for ur wonderful ideas.I m a college student from Coimbatore…I m facing hair loss and dandruff problem..Can i now change the shampoo i use n switch to arappu powder…Can it be used once in two days..

  11. ramya
    April 6, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    Hi Kalpana, Yes, you can start using arappu any time. You can also use it safely use it once in two days, but try to buy good quality arappu powder…..

  12. Kirti
    June 12, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    Hello Ramya,I am Kirti, how are you? While In school in Bangalore I had one of my best friends whose name is same as yours…I am now working in Delhi….I want to use your arappu powder but here in delhi its very difficult to find the same…. as you mentioned that the arappu powder needs to be of good quality too… but from where do i procure it?RegardsKirti

  13. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 13, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Hi Kirti, I am fine, thanks. I am also searching for good online source for arappu powder, since many are asking me the same question. If I do, I will update the details in the blog………….

  14. Kirti
    June 17, 2014 / 5:05 am

    Hi Ramya,I was just wondering if it is possible for you to send me good quality arappu powder and shikakai powder to my home address and i can make the suitable payment to you….. Let me know if this suits you……..Kirti

  15. Nagaraj Hullur
    June 18, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Hi friendz,As u people, I had been searching Arappu leaf powder frm last 2 week, finally I got that today in yalahanka, Bangalore. which is needful for my research work as a botanical seed treatment.

    • Sasat
      April 16, 2015 / 11:58 am

      Hi Nagraj,Can you please tell me the address of the shop in Yelanka.

  16. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 20, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Kirti, Many are asking me to sell things in this blog. I have not thought of selling anything in the blog, as I started the blog only as a means to share all the home remedies. But surely I will give it a thought………. 🙂

    • Chinnu
      May 30, 2015 / 8:38 am

      Hi Ramya,I couldn't find exact name of this arapu powder in telugu. I'm from hyderabad, if you get to know where could we purchase this powder or the name of these leaves in telugu; kindly let me know.You would defo become an entrepreneur if you start the business 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    June 22, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    ,I stay in Dubai. I have seen many trees with similar leaves. Can you tell me any other way in which I can differentiate the arapu tree from the other trees

  18. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 25, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    Hi, The tree can also be identified by it's long pods and white flowers………

  19. Anonymous
    July 18, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    hi.. nagaraj .. please give the address details in bangalore where the powder is available

  20. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    July 27, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Hi, A reader had mentioned Yalahanka in Bangalore for arappu powder, please try there…

  21. Anonymous
    September 12, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Hi,I wanted to know how often can arapu powder used for washing hair

  22. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 13, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Arappu powder can be used as often as you like….

  23. Anonymous
    September 16, 2014 / 6:48 am

    Hi…….. where can I find shikkai grinding flour mill in Coimbatore……..

  24. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 16, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Ask any flour mill, they usually have a separate machine for it. If they don't have they will guide you to the place where they grind it…

  25. Justin Hillary
    September 23, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    Mam iam using arapu for washing my hair everytime when ever I like to wash my hair but I had one question that any ingredients that has to be add along with arapu. N when I use arapu it sticks to my hair and in my hands also and another doubt is that will it cause dandruff and pls reply me mam

  26. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 24, 2014 / 11:59 am

    No good quality arappu will never cause dandruff. If you find it difficult to use arappu alone, mix shikakai powder along with it and use….

  27. Srinivasan
    October 14, 2014 / 3:55 am

    I found Arappu powder as an effective natural 'ORGANIC' kitchen vessel cleaning agent. It is very good even for oily vessels too. I was searching for an alternate cleansing agent to PRIL, VIM etc. as I was very allergic to these inorganic liquids and my nails started to get black and there was swelling on the skin around the nails. It was very painful. Then I looked around for an alternative to these modern cleansing liquid and started using ARAPPU powder. Since then all my swelling has gone and my nails started getting their original colour ( it takes time till a new nail grows in its place). For info I will add that this powder I used comes in the brand name as TIGER BRAND. and the label says that the ingredients are 'ponnan kottai', 'poolan kilangu', 'illuppai arappu thool' and 'kasturi manjal' and labled as PULI MARK SIKKAKAI THOOL'. I recommend this to other modern cleaning agents

  28. Srinivasan
    October 14, 2014 / 4:03 am

    I wish to correct the list of ingredients given in my earlier mail. Since they were printed at the bottom in very small letters I missed it first time. The ingredients were Shikakai, Kapur Kichili, Usilipoo, Soapnut, Mohwa. But any way I found it a good cleansing agentThanks.

  29. Justin Hillary
    October 17, 2014 / 10:44 am

    mam thank you for your immediate reply . and i purchased arappu powder in rangasamy chettiyar shop which was manufactured by them. it is slightly rough. but i used to wash my hair with this for two weeks in soft water but unfortunately each strands of my hair became thick. after few days later while my hairs some of them are falling a lot i dont know why. and another doubt is whether it is easy to wash arappu powder with hard water that is from municipality. pls suggest me mam. thank you

  30. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 17, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Hi Justin, Good quality arappu powder will never result in hair loss. The main problem is getting good quality arappu powder. Always try to wash your hair with good water, as I feel hard water also results in hair loss…..

  31. Archana Vijay
    December 10, 2014 / 8:59 am

    oil massage with sesame oil followed by arapu and homemade shekkai is the ultimate one for weekend relaxation.Only in times o urgency i go for shampoo otherwise a big no to shampoo..

  32. Brindha
    January 3, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Hi ramya mam. I am also searching for grinding flour mill in coimbatore for grinding shikakai, but I did not find any. They all say that they do not have seperate machine for grinding shikakai as many people do not grind shikakai. If u know any flour mill which grinds shikakai in cbe kindly say me.

  33. Anonymous
    January 5, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Hi Brindha, u can grind at Abbulu Naidu flour mill, 471,Kamaraj Road, Peelamedu, CBE-4. (opp.to Manis theatre)

  34. Brindha
    January 11, 2015 / 8:49 am

    Thanks a lot

  35. Anonymous
    January 19, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Am using arappu for last one and a half months. . I have hair loss problem. . I got it from puliyam patti market in Coimbatore. .My sister also using it, but she don't have hair loss problem. . What to do?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 21, 2015 / 3:49 am

      Hi, Good quality arappu powder never results in hair loss. Always have hair wash with arappu powder after oiling your hair (oil bath) and if the hair fall still continues, try different source for buying the arappu powder……..

  36. Anonymous
    January 28, 2015 / 7:59 am

    hair fall cannot be attributed solely to shampoos, or other natural cleansers like shikakai, arappu etc. the reasons for hair loss can be internal mainly and external also. a good balanced high protein diet will help nourish and maintain good hair. for external factors,,,,,,,,shikakai, arappu, soapnut, hibiscus, methi etc are very useful. you need to use the stuff that suits your hair and scalp…..so you can customize the ingredients and amounts and use regularly.

    • Anonymous
      May 11, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      "you need to use the stuff that suits your hair and scalp…..so you can customize the ingredients and amounts and use regularly."how do I know what suits me, like which ingredients at which ratios would suit me personally?

    • Anonymous
      May 11, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      anonymous or others what foods you suggest we eat that give a "good balanced high protein diet"? you used the word balanced so can you explain what you mean by balanced.

  37. Anonymous
    January 28, 2015 / 8:02 am

    also good arappu has the trait of being very sticky on hands and scalp. so i use a balloon whisk to make the paste with shikakai. i prefer a 2:1 ratio of shikakai and arappu,,,,that way the arappu washes off well leaving the hair well conditioned.

    • Anonymous
      May 11, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      where are you getting your arappu and shikakai from which you feel are good quality?

  38. Anonymous
    March 1, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Hi Ramya,I have dandruff problem for the past 10 yrs. I have tried many shampoos no results finally I switched to arapu and shikakai. the only problem is my dandruff is not went away. Do you have any home remedy for dandruff.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      Hi, The fenugreek hair mask (you can find the method in the blog) is the best for getting rid of dandruff. I have been using the mask for more than 10 years now with good results. But we have to continuously use the pack at least weekly twice to see good results. It also prevents hair fall and keeps the body cool…..

  39. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 12:58 am

    How often should we wash our hair? I use to wash it daily because it helped prevent dandruff. However some are telling on websites not to wash daily, and not to use arappu daily and that for some arappu is causing dandruff and hair fall and that arappu is very sticky. Can a reader or Ramya clarify these issues?

  40. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    In addition how do we know we have good quality powder?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 5:28 am

      Traditionally weekly twice oil bath was practiced but now because of the pollution, I prefer to have hair wash on alternate days. Having hair wash daily is not recommended because it strips the hair of natural oils. Good quality arappu powder does not cause dandruff at all, we have been using it for years without any problem. If you have hair wash with arappu powder after oil bath (which is the traditional practice) you won't experience dryness at all. Arappu is quite sticky but it not difficult to have hair wash with it. I prefer to make a paste and apply it all over the scalp first, then I gently massage and wash it off, sometimes you have to do it twice if you have oiled hair really well. It is difficult to find out whether arappu powder is of good quality by looking at it, however when you have hair wash with it, it should clean the hair well and should not unduly dry the hair…..

    • Anonymous
      May 8, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Then on days you don't wash the hair what do you do? Wet it and still comb or just bun it and keep it dry?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 12, 2015 / 4:30 am

      I don't wet my hair on the days I don't have hair wash, I just keep it dry………..

    • Vigneshwari Natarajan
      September 11, 2015 / 11:23 am

      Hi Ramya,I am in Bangalore, Do know any mills who grind arappu here in Bangalore. whatever I buy from shop is not good.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 17, 2015 / 4:48 am

      I am sorry, I don't know much about shops in Bangalore….

  41. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    In addition how to tell arappu powder is good quality and won't have counteractive effect like dandruff and hair falling like many state online.Also how many times is best to oil the hair, de tangle then wash the hair each week?Some I read say only wash once or twice a week. but for me to prevent tangles, dandruff and oiliness I have to wash it daily. Is it okay to wash daily because I feel I need to provided I use cool water?I haven't done it lately because I cant find quality hair wash and oil so my hair is very tangled and dry…and scalp is oily these days. I have curly long hair and need more moisture to maintain the curls which these days look dry , flat and tangled and not as black and thick as before …

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 17, 2015 / 4:58 am

      I have replied for all these questions above..:)

  42. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    hi mam i want to know the benefits of arrapu powder and my frnds told me using arrapu powder with shikakai is very difficult and if not washed clearly in head it will cause dandruff. it is truth or not.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 3:00 am

      You will find it hard the first few times but with practice it will get easier and I have not seen anyone get dandruff using arappu! If you can source good quality arappu powder, it will make things easier. But though the process is messy, after hair wash you will feel relaxed, body will feel cool, the trouble is so worth it…

  43. Anonymous
    September 26, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Pure arapu u can get it from this websitehttp://dhanyam.in/

  44. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    Hi,Do anyone now know where to get good quality of arapu powder in Delhi?

  45. prabha r
    October 20, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Ramya Mam,If i using Arapu Powder means the Hair becomes dry ? any other ingredients like sikkakai or Hibiscus leaves or flowers are used with Arapu? Even i have dandryff and Hairfall also…. Please advice….Thanks,S.PrabhaCbe.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 27, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Prabha, Good quality arappu powder never dries out the hair but it is increasing difficult to get good quality arappu powder now. And traditionally arappu powder was used after oil bath so it never dried out the hair at all. Usually only shikakai is added and that too just to make it easier to rub on the scalp not for conditioning…

    • prabha r
      November 20, 2015 / 10:10 am

      Thanks mam…

  46. Kusuma K
    November 16, 2015 / 4:23 am

    Its called Chigare pudi in Kannada, U will get this in villages very easily.. or its available in K.R. Market as well

  47. Justin Hillary
    January 6, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Hi ramya mam . give me some tips how to identify a good quality arappu and its texture

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 28, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Good quality arappu will not be too slimy when mixed with water which happens when other leaves are added to it. It should not be too coarse to the touch which happens when very mature leaves of arappu tree are ground into a powder. Good quality arappu powder though pasty when mixed with water will clean the hair well…

  48. Anonymous
    January 8, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Arappu powder is available in yelahanka bangalore. Contact this number 09611690104 for home delivery. Also check the profile shikaa herbals in Facebook. I bought from her recently.

  49. Anonymous
    January 29, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Where can we get good quality of arappu in Coimbatore?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Try for arappu powder in Rangaswamy chettiar shop in D. B Road…

  50. Anonymous
    February 3, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Hi mam, I am a student and so I am able to wash my hair twice a week.Can I make use of arappu powder on those two days

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 8, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Yes you can use arappu powder on those two days…

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2016 / 11:53 am

      Hi

  51. Neha
    March 31, 2016 / 7:22 am

    HI, I am from Pune. Where can I get Aruppu powder here. Haven't seen it online as well.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2016 / 2:17 am

      Hi Neha, I found an online source for buying arappu powder but I am not sure how good it is, you can give it a try : amazon.in

  52. Anonymous
    April 2, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Hi! Thank you for all your posts. They are very useful and informative home remedies. They were all used as a way of life when the pace was slower and less demanding of our time. Everything was accomplished yet not as stressed as we are these days!! Feeling very nostalgic! "Meera" brand was the one we embraced when the local mill that ground 'Shikakai' stopped functioning some years ago, unfortunately!!!Can you tell me if 'arappu podi' is also called 'sheekalan thool'? It (paste) is dark green and a bit slimy and requires a lot of water to wash it off the hair! Found this in some organic shop in Bangalore and Mysore. Hope the these grinding mills make a come back!!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2016 / 11:00 am

      Hi, what you describe sounds just like arappu paste but I haven't heard the name sheekalan thool…

  53. Gobinath Sekar
    April 5, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Daily washing hair with arappu powder is good or not?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 6:55 am

      Daily washing with arappu will not cause any damage to the hair but use good quality arappu powder…

  54. hiddhu hidayath
    May 21, 2016 / 4:42 am

    You can get the arappu powder online "search as Tiger Brand Arappu Powder", It's a gud product and I had used it…

  55. kavi
    June 14, 2016 / 7:57 am

    hi mam i am from a village near tiruvannamalai. i get freash leaves of arappu and dry them and make powder.but after washing with arappu powder, some residue remains on my head how to wash it cleanly. does any powder should be added to it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2016 / 5:47 am

      Usually if the arappu leaves are tender, it washes off really well but if the leaves are not tender the leaf pate is hard to remove from the hair. If you really find it hard, you can add shikakai powder along with it, but always oil your hair before using arappu and shikakai mixture as it can dry the hair a bit…

    • alagesan
      August 26, 2016 / 8:30 am

      hi am alagesan i have one question. arappu powder is a solution of cleaning dandruff or not

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Whenever I am regular with having oil bath & arappu wash, I never have dandruff at all. I am not sure whether it is the ingredients in the hair oil we use for oil bath or the arappu but I find myself free from most of the scalp problems including dandruff…:)

  56. riya shah
    August 26, 2016 / 7:03 am

    Y dont u put up a video that shows that arappu powder does give lather. We r not in south, we dont have a tree next to us how do we know that arrapu does actually give foam.u seem to b having best quality of arrapu. Hair washing with arrapu is also a bit tricky then y dont u put up a video that demonstrates arrapu hair wash on a small child or someone. I couldnt find a single video of arrapu hair wash on net otherwise i wouldnt have asked for it. Going by your word i ordred a powder and tried it. It was sticky it exactly felt like soap except the fact that it didnt produce any foam and when i added a bit of a shikakai to it , it even left its stickiness. May be i didnt have good quality arrapu. Can please make a video tha t can assure us that arrapu paste actually lathers.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Arappu does not foam but it usually cleans the hair well. And like you mentioned arappu paste is sticky and it takes some to get used to it but once you get used to it you will start liking arappu. The main problem with arappu wash is we don't get good quality arappu powder, we have arappu tree in the farm so I use that always. Last time I tried a store bought arappu the paste was way too slimy and it was so hard to get the oil out of my hair. I will try my best to make a video for arappu…

  57. Anonymous
    August 31, 2016 / 9:19 am

    which oil should I use before using green arappu powder ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 31, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      I would using this oil before arappu wash: oil bath

  58. sridevi
    September 10, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Hai all,I ve read the discussions done here. Such a wonderful discussion. It is true that ulmost all have changed to shampoo. And slowly we could find hairfall, grey hair at early age (In my Hr sec. class out of 50, two of them have grey hair) head ache, and ..(can list out more). It not alone damages our hair and scalp but also the fertility of our land (the chemicals in the soap and shampoo which ultimately drains to land and water bodies). Nowadays, even in villages people are using shampoo. Fortunately, few people (like you)still remember arappu and its uses. Thanks to Ms.Ramya Viswanathan who has spent time to explain. Ms Ramya has explained about the use of arappu for healthy hair wash. The other aspect is in villages it is not only used for hair wash but also as an inducer for plant growth when mixed with butter milk. The nature has given varities of plants and trees and each has its own feature. Our elders have understood them and used them. Because of lack of time and moving with this fast moving world we expect everything to be instantaneous. That leads to destruction. Let us trace them back and live a healthy life. I live in a village in erode district, Tamilnadu. Arappu is famouse in our area. The tree is called as 'arappu maram' or ' oonja maram'. I collect the leaves and grind them and send to some of my friends in chennai and coimbatore. Also, i ve sent dry leaves to some people. If anybody needs can contact me. My contact no is 9994141872. Since i ve come across the discussion i ve posted it.

  59. sridevi
    September 10, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Sorry i ve addressed as Ms Ramya viswanathan. She is Ms Ramya Venkateshwaran.

  60. Anonymous
    September 25, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Can we use arappu leaves paste for the hair instead of the arappu powder? Can u say which one is more effective?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 6, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Arappu powder is got by sun drying and powdering the tender leaves of arappu tree so both will give the same results….

  61. Anonymous
    January 21, 2017 / 6:22 am

    uilai arappu available contact 9443142839

  62. Yuva Raj
    January 30, 2017 / 6:28 am

    Hi Can i get this arappu in Bangalore ?

  63. sabariesan p
    February 2, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Arappu powder is available is healer baskar's natureofoods.com. one can order online itself.before you order just call them and confirm whether they ship to your area.

  64. ramya m
    February 17, 2017 / 6:38 am

    regularly i using arapu powder for hair wash, same time using tresemme conditioner ..is it good for hair? can u tell me either using conditioner after arrapu powder hair wash or conditioner not necessary after hair wash…..

  65. Unknown
    April 30, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Heĺlow where to get this arappu powder in chennai. Pls tell me.

  66. seeli rani
    April 30, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Pls reply as on your own time. I am waiting.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Usually arappu powder is found in all the departmental stores nowadays, look for it in the section that sells shampoos and shikakai powders…

  67. Thara Raju
    May 22, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Hai Mam, does it need to mix shikkakai powder with arappu powder(bought from rengaswamy Chettiar from cbe) their own product? Which ll do better to get rid of hairfall?

  68. freely you have received, freely give
    August 13, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I found Arappu at the Khadi shops in Coimbatore and Bangalore during my recent visit to india. Hope this helps others. Regarding the quality… will let you guys know once I use it.

  69. Anonymous
    November 18, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Mam plz sold arappu seeds

  70. Shanmuga Raja
    January 9, 2018 / 2:37 am

    Can we use arapu powder instead of soaps over body??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 9, 2018 / 3:56 am

      Arappu will clean well but it is a bit slimy and I prefer homemade bath powder for body wash and would suggest the same to you too. You can find the recipes for bath powder in this blog

  71. Geetha
    May 18, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    You will get all these herbs/powders in Ulsoor, Bangalore-8
    Sai Baba Patanjali store, near ulsoor Metro station.
    Jogupalya, Ulsoor Bangalore-8
    Ph: 9448827597

  72. Anonymous
    May 22, 2018 / 3:46 am

    I too am from US can you please give your contact details so I can acquire some arappu from you perhaps you live near me? Are you in the Midwest?

  73. Anonymous
    May 25, 2018 / 12:43 am

    In addition, to the person from USA, does the powder react well to the water where you live? I just read we should avoid using it if our water is too salty. Often in our homes we have a water softener in which we have to put salt pellets in it few times a year. And which water are you using to make the paste, perhaps same local water or perhaps the soaking water from soaking idli rice? I think the rice meant for fermenting should be the rice used for making the rice water. I am not sure if thavidu on that rice will be fully intact or partially removed for the fermenting rice…

  74. Anonymous
    May 25, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I just enquired with someone who tried Arappu in the West here in US. They live in a dry climate where there is lack in humidity I assume that is why it is dry and they told the arappu dried out the hair. Also if the water is salty arppu won’t work well.

  75. Anonymous
    May 25, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Ramya can you say how we can powder the leaves ourselves to get a good powder, like in a thirukaikal or mortar and pestle what was used traditionally to get a fine soft powder? The reason why the arappu is not washing out well is the machinery powdering it makes it coarse and irritating whereas traditional stone will make it fine and thus easy to wash off….

  76. Anonymous
    May 25, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    After referring to some who make this:
    most product is mixed with mature leaves and tender leaves, it should only be tender leaves. It should also be processed using traditional equipement so soft particle formation occurs so that it is not to rough and coarse and washes out comfortably. I am going to guess it was done in either in some kind of ural, thirukaikal. Machine processing can make the particle formation coarse and inflammation causing. We also don’t witness its making we don’t know what else is in it, perhaps they’re using leaves similar to arappu. So many things look like it like tamarind leaves, agathi leaves. It shouldn’t be brown in color but light green. Leaves won’t be so huge. They are smaller. Some sell the leaves you can pound yourself so the cost is less. Its also known as Krishna Siris tree and Wunja maram. You must use sesame oil (and usually its only sesame oil) prior to use. Its part of oil bath routine done twice a week.

    Salt water is not recommend and dry climate lacking in moisture is not recommended I’m told. The arappu won’t work well. It can be drying. These herbals seem to be climate specific. For chest length hair 1 handful per wash, 1 packet of 500 g can be 5-6 washes and 1000g or 1kg is 10-12 washes. This is a guess. It is costly given the labor to collect, sundry and powder. Who I spoke to sundry it for 1 week. It takes time to make.

    1 500 g packet can be around 125 rupees. Shampoo is very cheap, so cheap that
    many gave up on this. But the plastic from those sachets and bottles creates lots of unmanagable liter. I know in our village a team of women employed by the government has to constantly do clean up of the lands of liter that gets into the farming fields. Farming is getting difficult due to animals that come and eat the grown food. So using tree items is another source of economics because animals usually stay out of the trees.

    I think we should encourage people to plant this tree with companion plants it likes so we avoid moncroping. Easy access to tree means more arappu for us all….:) Regarding the price perhaps friends can come together to support the care of utilization of the tree by pitching in money collectively. And those that collect, dry and process the leaves have first access to the powder after it is made. Remainder is used for the friends. Perhaps tree loving groups can help in this too who do educational tree walks. Perhaps same groups can start herbal hair gardens reserved for the collectors and the friends use. They also pitch in to buy land collectively to do this. Some ideas.

  77. Anonymous
    May 27, 2018 / 3:20 am

    some of the arappu sold is not pure arappu but seemai karuvelam, this will make the powder perhaps brown, seemai karuvelam looks so similar to it along with many other plants….given this seemai karuvelam acts like a weed growing everywhere taking up all the ground water supply, and causing drought, its easy to get access to….and why not get rid of it in hair powder….

    or some powder will be matured leaf mixed with tender, or matured leaf only…tender leaves are harder to get compared to matured ones hence they mix the two etc….

    another recommendation is for the arappu to mix it with buttermilk instead of water to make the paste,

    higher priced powder usually means someone had to look out for the tender leaves, avoid the matured ones, collect, dry it for a week, the powder in a traditional method/equipment so the powder is soft not coarse and irritating as some machine ground ones….

    it is mixed with sigaikai to help in removing sesame oil after oil application, however the sigaikai will smell extremely unpleasant and this is why many gave up on it, if sigaikai has no smell or smell that is aromatic, chances are the product was altered….and the original one won’t stain the floor….if i am wrong in anything i have said please comment……

    unless we see how things are made and are involved in it ourselves this is going to be the problem for everything…….

  78. Anonymous
    May 29, 2018 / 4:35 am

    please note I am not sure mixing buttermilk with arappu is recommended as most use water only, but was suggested as a possible alternative, so please check with an experienced elder on it whether that was done and safe during the long term…

  79. Anonymous
    May 30, 2018 / 9:33 am

    I tried getting the dried leaf sold so I could make the powder myself but was told that was not arappu though it looks similar. As Ramya told unless you see the flower we are not sure what the plant is. Also Ramya writes very simple so that the blog is easy to read and easy to do. If all the minute details were written no one would read the blog I assume, feeling its too difficult to follow it all. She is acting like a starting point or guide for us all and source of encouragement.

  80. sarayu
    July 3, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Hi ramya, i have bought arappu powder after reading your blog but arappu is not able to remove the oil from my hair though i am applying more pressure to remove excess oil. I wanted to continue with arappu bcz it is conditioning my dry curly hair but i am also worried that applying excessive pressure to remove oil may lead to breakage and splitends of my hair.could you please help me.plzz..

  81. Anonymous
    July 6, 2018 / 3:10 am

    I think Ramya suggests using sigaikai with arappu as sigaikai is drying….She also wrote above
    “If using store bought one, you can add a tsp of shikkakai powder along with arappu powder.”

    https://www.wildturmeric.net/shikkakai/

  82. Anonymous
    July 6, 2018 / 3:13 am

    please make sure your arappu is light green and remains light green after making a paste,
    some people are adding or using seemai karuvelam and selling it as arappu, this will turn it brown after making a paste….this should not happen, avoid buying such…..

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