Reetha, or soap nut, is traditionally worn by shamans in India and Nepal, and used for healing rituals involving purification, cleansing, and protection. In Ayurveda, it is considered dosha balancing, and is connected to the Muladhara, or base chakra.
Soap nut, is harvested for it's powerful medicinal qualities and used in treating a wide variety of ailments by traditional peoples in Nepal and India. The black seed is surrounded by a shell which is composed of a soap-like substance used for cleansing during bathing. The cleansing properties of the Soap nut are employed by traditional peoples not only in the physical, but in the energetic and emotional realms as well. It's grounding, stabilizing, and protective qualities are reflected in their shiny black surface and earthly nature.