What is soapwort used for?

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What is soapwort used for?

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answered Aug 15 by Glorybee (3,340 points)
Soapwort is used for medicine and for treating health issues such as bronchitis, cough, and inflammation of mucous membranes in lower and upper respiratory tract and also for treating  poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and boils.

Soapwort is also used as soap.

To make your own liquid soap just take about 1 tablespoon of grounded root and add 250 ml of water.

Boil for 30 minutes, then cool and strain.

Or you can also make shampoo out of Soapwort.

Shampoo: use 1 tablespoon of Soapwort Root and 1 cup water.

Soapwort grows in the wild in open areas of the forests and glens and they can grow and reach up to 2 feet high with oval shaped leaves and small, fragrant pink five-petalled flowers that have a light fruity scent.

Soapwort is an herbaceous perennial related to carnations and native to the temperate areas of Europe, Asia and North America.

Saponaria ocymoides develops mats of bright green leaves and in late spring is covered with sprays of small bright pink flowers.

It grows 6-9 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.

Soapwort also known as Saponaria is a genus of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to Asia and Europe, and are commonly known as soapworts.

They are herbaceous perennials and annuals, some with woody bases. The flowers are abundant, five-petalled and usually in shades of pink or white.

Soapworts are easy plants to grow and can be potentially invasive.

They can thrive in rocky, sandy soils but for best results, plant in lean, well-drained soils.

Soapwort oral suggested uses include for bronchitis, cough, and inflammation of mucous membranes in lower and upper respiratory tract.

Soapwort topical suggested uses include for poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and boils.

Soapwort however is poisonous, and while it does have a history of being used internally as medicine, ingesting it is not advised and should only be done under the direction of a doctor.

Saponins take their name from the soapwort plant, the original source of soap.

They are concentrated in varying amounts in plants as innocuous as alfalfa and as dangerous as deadly nightshade.

The effect they have on your dog depends on the type of saponins, the amount he ingests, and his size and health.

Soapwort contains saponins which create the soap-like cleaning action.

Saponins are the part of the plant chemistry that creates an effective cleaning foam, a lather that has can dissolve fats and grease!

Soapwort is both a gentle and powerful cleanser.

It doesn't take a very strong concentration to function as an effective shampoo, face cleanser or even laundry detergent.

For laundry, soapwort is particularly suitable for delicates.

Saponins are toxic chemicals that protect healthy plants from insect, fungal, and bacterial pathogens.

For this reason, ingesting foods that contain saponins can cause toxicity in the human body.

However, severe poisoning is rare.

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