BOTANICAL NAME:Acacia concinna
Common name: Shikakai, Soap-pod
Tamil: Shika, Sheekay, Chikaikkai •
Malayalam: Cheeyakayi, Chinik-kaya, Shikai, Cheenikka
Kannada: Sheegae, Shige kayi, Sigeballi •
Shikakai is a climbing, most well-known for the natural shampoo derived from its fruit. Thorny branches have brown smooth stripes – thorns are short, broad-based, flattened. Leaves with caducous stipules not thorn-like. Leaf stalks are 1-1.5 cm long with a prominent gland about the middle. Leaves are double-pinnate, with 5-7 pairs of pinnae, the primary rachis being thorny, velvety. Each pinnae has 12-18 pairs of leaflets, which are oblong-lanceshaped, 3-10 mm long, pointed, obliquely rounded at base. Inflorescences is a cluster of 2 or 3 stalked rounded flower-heads in axils of upper reduced leaves, appearing paniculate. Stalk carrying the cluster is 1-2.5 cm long, velvety. Flower-heads about 1 cm in diameter when mature. Flowers are pink, without or with reduced subtending bracts. Pods are thick, somewhat flattened, stalked, 8 cm long, 1.5-1.8 cm wide.
It Strengthens Hair
It fights with Fights Dandruff
It prevents from a dry scalp
The natural ingredients of shikakai make your hair softer and add a beautiful shine to it.
Treating Scabies and spots
Extract of leaves of Shikakai are traditionally used in treating malarial fever
Extracts of shikakai pods and leaves with their phytochemical profile are used as larvicidal and mosquito repellant.
It is also used in the treatment of Black fever or the fever that occurs during the time of malaria.