SOAPWORT: USE the flowers, LEAVES, rhizome,
ROOTS, and stems. FAMILY: Caryophyllaceae (pink).
SPECIES: SAPONARIA OFFICINALIS L. COMMON
NAMES: BOUNCING BET, BRUISEWORT, DOG CLOVES, OLD MAIDíS PINK, and SOAP
ROOT. DESCRIPTION and HABITAT: This perennial grows to 3' (1m) in
open woods, forest or natural areas, weedy or disturbed areas in gardens,
fields, waste places, meadows, stream banks, roadsides, fields, or
CULTIVATED in flower gardens as herbaceous perennial. It is found in E
North America, Asia, and Europe (to zone 4). It produces clusters of pink,
purple, or white flowers, from June to August. PROPERTIES: The PLANT is:
diuretic, expectorant, purgative, sternutatory, and tonic. Soapwort has
been USED FOR: itchy skin and jaundice. The ROOTSTALK is expectorant has
been USED FOR: breathing problems and gout. It has been APPLIED TO:
dermatitis, itching skin, and tumors. The LEAVES, RHIZOMES and STEMS, have
been USED as a WASH FOR: acne, dry or damaged hair, eczema, dermatitis,
itching skin, psoriasis, and tumors. FROM
THREE-YEAR-OLD PLANTS, the RHIZOMES are diuretic, expectorant, and
laxative. They have been USED TO stimulate gallbladder, liver bile, and
milk flow. THE RHIZOME IS TOXIC. This plant was used in small amounts only,
as it can irritate the digestive system. It causes low toxicity if eaten.
HAZARDS: The ROOTS and SEEDS contain saponic glycoside, which can cause
vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.