Saturday, 25 January 2020

Shikakai Powder/Seeyakkai Podi/சீயக்காய் பொடி – How to make Seeyakkai Podi at home/Homemade Shikakai Powder/Herbal Hair Wash Powder

Shikakai/Seeyakkai Powder is a mild cleanser with naturally less pH value. Shikkakai powder does not remove the natural oils from our hair and  acts as natural conditioner. Shikakai Powder available in the shops consists of 3-4 main ingredients like shikakai, soap nut, dried amla, methi seeds but at home we make this shikakai powder with many more natural ingredients and make our lusturous and beautiful. Here I am going to share the shikkakai Podi that can be made at home and enjoy the benefits given by nature. Meanwhile do checkout how to make Kuliyal Podi/Herbal Bath Powder here and health and beauty page as well.

Here’s how to make Shikakai Powder at home with photos…

Shikkakai/Seeyakkai/ சீயக்காய்
1 kg
Soapnut/ பூந்திக்கொட்டை
300 gm
Green Gram/ பச்சைப்பயறு
250 gm
Fenugreek Seeds/ வெந்தயம்
350 gm
Dry Amla/ உலர்ந்த நெல்லிக்காய்
200 gm
Kaarboga Arisi/கார்போக அரிசி
100 gm
White Turmeric/பூலாங்கிழங்கு
200 gm
Aavaram Poo/ஆவாரம் பூ [optional]
100 gm
Hibiscus Flower/ காய்ந்த செம்பருத்தி பூ
100 gm
Karisalankanni Powder/ கரிசிலாங்கண்ணி பொடி
50 gm
Rose/ரோஜா [Dry]
50 gm
Magizham Poo[Dry]/ மகிழம் பூ [optional]
50 gm
Thulasi Powder/ துளசி பொடி
50 gm
Dry Lemon Peel/ எலுமிச்சை தோல்
100 gm
Neem Leaf Powder/வேப்பஇலை பொடி
50 gm
Curry Leaf Powder/ கருவேப்பிலை பொடி
50 gm
Mehandi Powder/ மருதாணி பொடி
50 gm
Vetti Ver/வெட்டிவேர்
25 gm
Author: Priya Anandakumar


You can buy all the above mentioned ingredients in Naattu Marundhu Kadai.

I have used thulasi powder, neem leaf powder, curry leaf powder, mehandhi powder and karisalaankanni powder. You can very well replace it with two hand ful each of thulasi leaves, neem leaves, curry leaves, karisilankanni leaves, mehandi leaves and dry it really well and add it before grinding.

Add Shikkakai/seeyakkai, Soap nuts, Green gram, Karboga arisi, Vetiver, White turmeric/Poolan kizhangu, Rose petals, Aavaram Poo, Hibiscus Flower, Magizham Poo, Vettiver in big plates in big plates and sundry it really well.

After the soapnuts/boondhi kottais are dry, break it open and remove the black seeds inside it.

Now transfer all the ingredients, except the powders in to a big bucket and give it to a local mill and make it to fine powder.

After you bring it home, add thulasi powder, neem leaf powder, mehandi powder, curry leaves powder, karisilaangkanni powder and mix everything really well.

Yes, Seeyakkai Podi is ready.

Benefits of ingredients used for making Seeyakkai Podi
Helps in hair growth, in treating scalp related diseases, prevents and fights dandruff, keeps the hair healthy and lusturous.
Body Coolant, helps in treating dandruff, helps in regrowth of hair, prevents premature greying of hair.
Green Gram/Pachai Payaru
Maintains soft hair, reduces hair breakage, removes dandruff, hair smells fresh and clean.
Dry Amla/Kaindha Nellikkai
Conditions the hair, maintains the hair soft and silky, and prevents premature greying of hair.
White Turmeric/Poolan Kizhangu
Loaded with antioxidants, helps in inflammation
Lemon Peel/Elumichai Thol
Improves dull hair, helps in fighting severe dandruff and scalp disease, hair smells fresh and clean.
Cleansing agent, gets soapy nature, antifungal agent, cleans the scalp, lathering agent.
Karboga Arisi
Helps in preventing detangling of hair, improves hair elasticity, and strengthens hair roots.
Karisilankanni Leaves/Powder
Treats dandruff, baldness, prevents hair fall, promotes hair growth, prevents greying of hair, make hair lustrous
Thulasi Leaves/Powder
Helps to achieve lustrous shiny and healthy hair. Treats dandruff and dry scalp, helps to improve the blood circulation, cools the scalp, reduces itchiness and promotes hair growth.
Hibiscus Flower/Sembaruthi Poo [Dried]
Improves the hair texture, stimulates blood circulation in scalp, strengthens root and hair, conditioner
Rose Petals/Roja Ethazh [Dried]
Tightens scalp, gives good smell in hair
Magizham poo [Dried]
Helps in fighting head ache, wonderful aroma to the hair
Aavaram Poo[Dried]
Body coolant, helps in good blood circulation, cleanser
Neem Leaves/Veppilai [Powder]
Prevents hairloss, enhances growth, kills head lice, acts as anti-bacterial and anti-septic for the scalp.
Curry Leaves/Karuvepilai [Powder]
Repairs damaged roots, reduces hair fall, stops hair thinning, treats premature greying, and strengthens hair follicules.
Maruthani Leaves/Mehandhi Leaves [Powder]
Treats dry brittle hair, conditions the hair, coolant
Body coolant, treats lice and helps in relieving stress, excellent fragrance

How to use Shikakai Powder?

Mix about 3-4 tbsp of shikakai powder/seeyakkai powder [depending on the length of the hair] in water to make a paste. It should not be too thick or too thin. Let this mixture sit for about 30 minutes. Then use it for washing your hair.

Instead of water, you can use rice kanji [water obtained after cooking the rice] to make the shikakai paste and then use it for washing your hair.

Using Shikakai Powder as hair mask

Add 3-4 tbsp of shikakai powder/seeyakkai powder [depending on the length of the hair], to a bowl, mix it with water to make a paste and let it sit for 30 minutes. Apply the paste on the scalp and hair, leave it for about 30 minutes and then wash it off.

Similarly you can make a pack by mixing shikakai powder and yogurt[curd], apply it to your hair and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.


This home made seeyakkai podi/shikakai powder will not lather like the ones in the shop, but will cleanse the hair really good and leave your hair soft, perfectly conditioned and lustrous.

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