Botanical Name: Sapindus mukorossi
Common Name: Reetha
English Name: Soapnut
Parts Used: Roots, Fruits and Bark
Habit and Habitat: Himalaya, NE India, Myanmar, Indo-China, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan
Description: Handsome tree. Leaves 15-45 cm long, crowded near the ends of the branches, leaflets, shortly petioled, alternate or upper nearly opposite, lanceolate, entire. Flowers numerous, small, polygamous, purple or white, ciliated. Fruit fleshy, sub-globose, glauscent, saponaceous, 18.5 mm in diametre and yellow.
Uses: They are useful in chronic dysentry, diarrhoea, cholera and tubercular glands, epilepsy, asthma, hysteria, hemicrania, paralysis of limb, limbago. It is a sedative to uterus.
References: “A compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal” by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi (October’ 2006)