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soapwort,name for a soap plantsoap plant,
any of various plants having cleansing properties. A few are of commercial importance, but most soap plants are used locally, as in early times, for toilet and laundry purposes.
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common name for some members of the Caryophyllaceae, a family of small herbs found chiefly in north temperate zones (especially the Mediterranean area) but with several genera indigenous to south temperate zones and high altitudes of tropical mountains.
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Opposite slightly hairy leaves, sweetly scented white or light pink 5 petal flowers with notched petals on smooth stems swollen at joints. Contains saponins, so it can be used as soap or shampoo by crushing the plant (flowers, leaves, root) and mixing with water. Lathers when wet, the soap moisturizes skin. Flowers and leaves can be used fresh as soap when mixed with water.(blender really helps) Used to wash delicate and unique fabrics. Diuretic, laxative, expectorant, Tea helps clear respiratory tract, asthma, liver and gallbladder issues like jaundice, skin issues like psoriasis, eczema, acne, rash, boils. Helps spleen, inhibits growth of breast cancer. Overdose kills red blood cells and can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Toxic lookalike- Oleander
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