|SOAPWORT | Photo: Teun Spaans|
Naporiaria officinalis L.
is a very neat plant that in Sweden there are wild especially on roadsides, watercourses, old pieces of land and land not cultivated. The beautiful, pale pink, sometimes almost white flowers emit particularly in the evening a pleasant scent that attracts moths, which with their long sugsnablar takes up the nectar is hidden deep in the flower.
The name Saponaria is derived from the Latin word sapo, meaning soap. That the plant called that because the whole plant, especially the highly branched rhizome, containing saponinglykosider which dissolves in water to form a såpliknande foam. For this reason was used såpnejlikan sooner as detergent. In ancient times it was used to clean the wool. SOAPWORT is an ancient medicinal plant which possesses blood purifying properties and alleviates prolonged cough with viscous mucus. Internal and external use SOAPWORT in eczema, boils and other skin conditions. A shampoo comprising an extract of SOAPWORT, watercress leaves and flockarun
states seem beneficial to brittle hair.
Presence: Indigenous in central and southern Europe, where it mainly grows on lime-rich surface. With us, cultivated as ornamental and medicinal plants and also wild.
Appearance: A 30-70 cm tall perennial herb. Earth Tribe crawling. Stem rough, erect, simple or branched, hairy and slightly reddish. Leaf cross opposite, elliptic lanceolate, and hairless with 3-5 nerves Flowers white or pale pink (July August). in a compound inflorescence at stem tip, feed tubular femtandat, petals 5 (sometimes considerably more), up to 4 cm long, at the base of the adults, stamens 10, pin 2. The fruit consists of an elongated capsule. Smell pleasant, especially at night. Taste bitter and sharp.
Using parts: Earth Tribe by root.
Content Topics: About 5% saponin, which is split into gypsogenin and sugar
Medical effects: Upphostningsbefrämjande, urine and sweat drifting, mild laxative.
Use: Internal as cough medicines at bronkialkatarr, at moderate constipation. Topical products for swimming at the rash.