saponaria officinalis

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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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To clean cauldrons, plates and other household goods, two of the plant resources mentioned above were used: the ash (mixed with water) from certain trees, mainly oak, and the roots of Saponaria officinalis. However, in this context another two traditional uses are important: dried and ground "pimenton" -paprika (Capsicum annuum)was used as a dye and preservative in the manufacture of chorizo and similar sausage products, and together with coarse salt and very hot water it was used to clean copper cauldrons.
Ac roedd y camri (Chamaemelum nobile; chamomile) yna hefyd, yn swatio'n glyd wrth ochr y sebonllys (Saponaria officinalis; soapwort).
It joins substance P to saporin, a toxin produced by the soapwort plant, Saponaria officinalis. Saporin, the killer that scientists have employed in many immunotoxins as well, interferes with ribosomes, which are protein-synthesizing factories inside all cells.
[hasuwai.sup.(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.