BotanicalName : Acacia Concinna

CommonName : SHIKAKAI

Specification : Saponins 10 - 20%

Uses : Hair care, Antidandruff

Description : Acacia concinna is a climbing shrub native to Asia, common in the warm plains of central and south India.[2] The tree is food for the larvae of the butterfly Pantoporia hordonia.[3] Alkaloids are found in the tree's fruit.Acacia concinna has been used traditionally for hair care in the Indian Subcontinent since ancient times. It is one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants. The fruit is known in India as shikakai "fruit for hair" in its use as a traditional shampoo.In order to prepare it the fruit pods, leaves and bark of the plant are dried, ground into a powder, then made into a paste. While this traditional shampoo does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-containing shampoo would, it is considered a good cleanser.The plant parts used for the dry powder or the extract are the bark, leaves or pods. The bark contains high levels of saponins, which are foaming agents found in several other plant species used as shampoos or soaps. Saponin-containing plants have a long history of use as mild cleaning agents.