Like with most herbal medicines, preparation and dosage of Soapwort Root tincture is a very simple procedure. Bellow you can find the exact dosages and preparations methods.
Although soapwort has a number of potential therapeutic benefits, it is mainly taken internally for its expectorant properties as a natural remedy for coughing, bronchitis, asthma caused by allergies and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.
As well as its more common use, soapwort can also be used to help treat joint pain stemming from arthritis, rheumatism and gout. It has anti-inflammatory actions as well as being a mild diuretic which can help flush uric acid from your system.
Decoctions made from the herb’s roots have been used traditionally to treat a range of skin conditions such as eczema, acne,psoriasis and as a mouthwash to treat fungal infections in the mouth. The same decoction can be used for soothing allergic rashes and boils.
Soapwort can be used to treat rashes caused by poison ivyand as remedy for bruising and black eyes - make a poultice with the plant and apply it against the bruise.
Soapwort also enhances the production and excretion of bile from the liver and gallbladder and it has been used as a natural treatment for constipation and bile duct diseases.
Soapwort has mostly been used as a natural cleanser which can be used on the face, hair and even on your delicate laundry items. Soapwort is still used in this day and age by in the textile restoration industry to clean and brighten fragile fabric. In the Middle East, the plant is still cultivated to wash woolen items.
Making your own soapwort soap or shampoo at home is actually quite easy. It produces a dark yellow or light brown soap with a mild and pleasant aroma much like unscented soap with a hint of wood.
The saponins found in soapwort are the compounds responsible for its cleansing actions. If you are going to make your own soap with the plant, don’t expect big, sudsy bubbles that you would get from commercial soaps and shampoo. Despite its lack of bubbles, it is an excellent natural cleanser that does not irritate even the most sensitive skin
Dosage: 30 drops, 3 times a day.
Precaution:Soapwort should never be consumed in a large dosage or over a long period of time because the saponin content of the herb can cause hemolysis, and severe irritation of the digestive tract resulting in cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Still, the saponins are poorly absorbed by the body and furthermore, they are broken down by thorough boiling so poisoning in humans occurs rarely.Not for use for pregnant and breastfeeding women!
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Soapwort which is known scientifically as Saponaria officinalis originated in Europe but has since spread to various other parts of the globe. It is a member of the caryophyllaceae family and other common names for the plant are Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Fuller’s herb and Bruisewort.
As its common name suggests, soapwort is perhaps best known as a plant for making natural soaps and also for cleaning and brightening delicate fabrics. However nearly the entire soapwort plant contains a number of therapeutic properties including the treatment of respiratory issues like coughs and bronchitis.
Its main constituents are saponins and its roots and rhizomes are used medicinally and its leaves are used to produce natural soaps and shampoo.