Soapberry (Sapindus mukurossi)
Soapnut is an ancient botanic whose fruit has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a range of skin disorders. It is known to have anti-inflammatory1 anti-bacterial2 and anti-fungal properties3,. Also, the Soapnut tree contains a high concentration of saponins, which have natural detergent and foaming properties that are useful in soaps and cleansers.
1 Choi J, et al., Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of the saponin and sapogenins obtained from the stem of Akebia quinata. J Med Food. 2005, 8(1):78-85.
2 Ibrahim M, et al., Antimicrobial activity of Sapindus mukorossi and Rheum emodi extracts against H pylori: In vitro and in vivo studies. World J Gastroenterol. 2006 , 28;12(44):7136-42.
3 Anisimov MM, et al., Chemical structure and antifungal activity of a number of triterpenoids. Biol Bull Acad Sci USSR. 1979, 6(4):464-8.