Soap nuts - a true natural cleaning agent

From the Himalayas in the north to the Aravalis in Southern and Central India, this hauntingly beautiful country is well known throughout world for its herbal wealth and for being the birthplace of Ayurveda. Steeped in legend and ancient cultures, India is one of the greatest producers of medicinal herbs in the world.
Soap Nuts are now popular with those wishing to embrace a ''greener'' lifestyle.
The shells are obtained from the ''Soap Nut Tree'' of which there are many types. The shells that we import are from Sapindus Mukrossi - not to be confused with Sapindus Trifoliatus which produces a much smaller, darker nut.
Our supplier in India is a leading exporter engaged in the cultivation, processing and extraction of natural herbs and ayurvedic herbs. They are committed to excellence in their operations through quality products conforming to international standards.

We chose them specifically because of their commitment to ensuring the Soap Nuts are produced in Fair Trade conditions.
The organisation provides work for over 600 local people and their welfare is paramount. There is no forced or child labour. Extra assistance is given to mothers with young children. During the day the workers are given food. Fresh water is available as are toilet facilites. Employees are paid a fair wage and work in a safe environment.
It's comforting to know that the trees start producing nuts after nine years and continue to do so for another ninety years!! This makes for a long and sustainable cultivation. The mere presence of the trees prevents soil erosion and helps combat the production of ''greenhouse gases''.

By switching to using Soapnuts, we help the Planet in more ways than one.
The uses and benefits of Soapnuts are many and varied.
It is well known that they can be substituted for laundry detergents and washing up liquid. They can also be used to good effect in the garden against many pests - organic gardeners, take note!
Less obvious is the inclusion of the Soapnuts in the list of herbs in Ayurveda. They are a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for many conditions including eczema and psoriasis. The shells have a mild insecticidal property and are traditionally used for removing head lice.
Learn more about Ayurveda.....

Indian and Indonesian jewellers use the soap from the shells to clean gold and silver.
After use - the shells are simply added to the compost heap.
Please visit our Using Soap Nuts page to learn more about substituting Simply Soap Nuts for conventional laundry detergent.
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