Qasil Powder Uses, Properties and Benefits
SOMALI’S BEST KEPT SECRET [QASIL POWDER].
Qasil powder is one of if not the best kept secret among the nomadic communities in Somalia and some east African countries. It is a powerful green cleansing powder with an aroma close to that of dried hay. This powder is commonly used as a face mask to enhance the beauty qualities. It has always been popular among the Muslim communities in east Africa then borrowed to the rest of the communities around the east African region and the world. The name ‘qasil’ was derived from the Arabic word ‘ghasil’ which means to wash or clean. Qasil powder is considered a natural soap due to its cleansing properties from its high content of saponin. It also has the ability to naturally foam once hydrated.
Qasil powder is a 3 in 1 powder since it has the ability to cleanse just like its name, gently exfoliate and also as a mask.
What is Qasil?
Qasil powder comes from the leaves of the gob tree native to Somalia, which is also known as ziziphus jujube scientifically. is a tropical fruit tree species belonging to the family Rhamnaceae. Z. jujube is a spiny, evergreen shrub or small tree up to 15 m high,
The gob tree also produces fruits and flowers which have uses that benefit us and the ecosystem. The fruits of the gob tree offer health remedies that have been used for centuries
Gob leaf (Qasil)
Z. jujube is hardy tree copes with extreme temperatures and thrives under rather dry conditions of central and southern somalia. A medium sized tree that grows vigorously . z.jujube has thorny branches, with short, sharp straight or hooked spines.
The fruit is a soft, juicy, drupe that is 2.5 cm The ripe fruit is sweet and sour in taste. Both flesh texture and taste are reminiscent of apples.
The extraction processes of Qasil.
The leaves are collected then dried and crushed into fine powder, packaged to be used and sold.
The gob tree also produces fruits and flowers which have uses that benefit us and the ecosystem. The fruits of the gob tree offer health remedies that have been used for centuries.
Properties of qasil powder.
- Cleansing- has the ability to wash and clean the skin.
- Antibacterial- ability to fight bacteria and prevent bacterial infections from forming on the skin like acne.
- Antioxidant- ability to help the skin fight sun damage.
- Antiaging- ability to slow down the aging process by preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Anti-inflammatory- soothes down any inflammations on the skin.
- Antifungal- prevents the growth of fungi and fungal infections.
- Brightening- its high content of vitamin c makes it a brightening agent.
Benefits of qasil powder.
Qasil powder for Skin.
• Deeply cleanses the skin by drawing out impurities.
• Purifies and balances the pH of the skin.
• Gently exfoliates the skin making the skin soft and supple
• Evens out the tone of the skin
• Moisturizes the skin
• Reduces acne and pimples on the skin
• Promotes radiant skin by giving the skin a healthy glow
• Eliminates dark spots and any hyperpigmentation
• Soothes sunburns
• Reduces appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
Qasil for Hair.
Some regions have been using qasil powder not only for their skin but also for their hair. Since it is considered a natural soap with high cleansing properties, it has been used as a natural shampoo and conditioner for the hair because it draws out impurities and excess oils from the skin and scalp. It also moisturizes the hair leaving it shinier and thicker.
Qasil powders also reduces dandruff on the hair.
How to use qasil powder effectively.
Qasil powder has been popularly used as a face mask over the years and there are a number of ingredients you can add to it to attain added benefits and also fight specific skin issues. For example, the Somali women have been mixing equal parts of qasil powder together with turmeric powder and a little water to make a paste and leave g it on the face for about 20 minutes then rinsing it off. This in turn results into a more bright and vibrant looking facial skin.
Some of the ingredients to add to qasil powder are:
• Water, organic honey, lemon juice, coconut milk, dairy milk, egg white, rice water, etc to make a paste.
• Turmeric powder, bentonite clay, sandalwood powder etc to get added benefits.
• Any essential oil and carrier oils.
Here are a few face Qasil mask recipes to combat different skin issues.
These masks are to be applied on clean skin for about 20-30 minutes then rinsed with lukewarm water.
• Hydrating face mask
Qasil powder + organic honey + rose hip oil.
• Acne prone skin mask
Qasil powder + tea tree essential oil + jojoba oil + turmeric powder + lemon juice + bentonite clay + frankincense
• Brightening face mask
Qasil powder + turmeric powder + lemon juice + rice water
• Detox face mask
Qasil powder + bentonite clay + coconut milk + frankincense essential oil
You can adjust your mask recipe as per your preference and your skin needs.
It is important to note that once qasil powder has been made to a paste or rather hydrated, it is to be used and not left over for another day’s use. This is because qasil powder comes in its pure form with no added preservatives. So only mix the much needed at a time.
It is also advised that if you are allergic to latex, please do a patch test on your skin before applying to the whole of your face. Just mix the powder with some water and apply to the skin on your under arm and wait for at least 30 mins to see how it reacts.
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By Eila Oketch.