Shikakai means "fruit for hair" and is a staple of ayurvedic herbal hair care. It is an excellent cleanser that doesnt strip hair from its natural oil and respects the ph balance of the hair. Shikakai pods contains natural occuring saponins which help clean off excess sebum and dirt from the scalp. The herb originates from the forest areas of India in order to control that the crops are not chemically grown or infected with pesticides. Visit www.metiista.net for beauty recipes and many other helpful tips on Natural Health and Beauty.