Soap nuts (sapindus mukorossi) contain saponin, the active natural washing ingredient. Similar to soap, when the shells of the soapnut come in contact with water the saponin is released and suds are produced Soap nuts have become popular as an environmentally friendly alternative to manufactured, chemical detergents. Soap nuts are among the popular herbs and minerals in Ayurveda. They are a used in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. Soap nuts (sapindus mukorossi) is also a medicine for Ayurvedic treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and for removing freckles. Soap nuts have gentle insecticidal properties and hence, are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. Soap nuts are also used medically as an expectorant, emetic, contraceptive, and for treatment of excessive salivation, epilepsy, chlorosis, and migraines.