saponaria officinalis


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soapwort

soapwort

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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I will start with one that has caused me considerable frustration and unnecessary hard work over the last 15 years or more and that is Saponaria officinalis, the soapwort.
It joins substance P to saporin, a toxin produced by the soapwort plant, Saponaria officinalis.
SAR)] probably is "soapwort" whether it is Saponaria officinalis, which today grows on Turkey's Black Sea coast, or Saponaria vaccaria, which is found now throughout Turkey.