August 24, 2016

Red Soapwort

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What other names is Red Soapwort known by?

Bouncing-Bet, Herbe à Foulon, Herbe à Savon, Jabonera Roja, Saponaire, Saponaire Commune, Saponaire Officinale, Saponaire Rouge, Saponaria officinalis, Saponariae Rubrae Radix, Savonniè re, Soapwort.

What is Red Soapwort?

Red soapwort is a plant. It got its name from the fact that Franciscan and Dominican monks in the Middle Ages viewed soapwort as a divine gift that was meant to keep them clean.

Red soapwort root is used as medicine. Be careful not to confuse red soapwort with white soapwort.

People take red soapwort for swollen airways (bronchitis).

They sometimes put red soapwort directly on the skin to treat poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and boils.

In manufacturing, red soapwort is used as an ingredient in soaps, herbal shampoos, and detergents.

Red soapwort is used as a foaming agent in beer.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Swollen airways (bronchitis).
  • Poison ivy, when applied to the skin.
  • Acne, when applied to the skin.
  • Psoriasis, when applied to the skin.
  • Eczema, when applied to the skin.
  • Boils, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of red soapwort for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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