Bouncing Bet also has a long history as a medicinal plant, taken internally as a diuretic, laxative, and expectorant and administered externally for supporting skin eruptions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and boils. A...
Bouncing Bet also has a long history as a medicinal plant, taken internally as a diuretic, laxative, and expectorant and administered externally for supporting skin eruptions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and boils. A decoction, or extract, of the crushed roots is still a popular home supportive for poison ivy - effective probably because it thoroughly cleanses the skin.
Once used internally as diuretic, expectorant, and laxative and externally to support skin eruptions, bouncing Bet has no medicinal value attributed to it by pharmacologists or even by most herbalists.
General Herb Information
Many of this plant's old folk names, such as latherwort and soapwort, come from its best-known characteristic - the ability to form a soaplike lather. Popularly called bouncing Bet in America, the plant is rich in saponins, which are natural cleaning agents.
The early colonists, who brought bouncing Bet with them from England, used the lather to clean everything from handmade lace to pewter vessels. New England textile workers cleaned and thickened newly woven cloth with it - a process called fulling, which accounts for another of its names, fuller's herb. The Pennsylvania Dutch had yet another use for the lather - to give beer a foamy head-and commercially produced saponins are still used for this purpose.
Habitat: Pastures, roadsides, along railroads and city streets, in old gardens.
Range: Native to Eurasia, bouncing Bet now grows wild throughout the United States and southern Canada.
Identification: A perennial with a single upright stem rising to 2 feet or more, bouncing Betgrows in clumps. Oval opposite leaves have pointed tips and smooth edges. Five-petaled flowers (July - September), whitish pink to rose, about 1 inch across, grow in thick clusters at the top of the stem.
Caution: Internal use may cause severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Uses: The leaves and rhizomes boiled in pure water make a highly effective soapy lather for cleaning and brightening delicate fabrics.
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Anonymous - April 27, 2006, 23:54
Is soapwort good for acne?? If not, what pill can I take to help clear up acne?
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