RED SOAPWORT

OTHER NAME(S):

Bouncing-Bet, Herbe à Foulon, Herbe à Savon, Jabonera Roja, Saponaire, Saponaire Commune, Saponaire Officinale, Saponaire Rouge, Saponaria officinalis, Saponariae Rubrae Radix, Savonni&egrave; re, Soapwort.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

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.

How does it work?

Red soapwort contains chemicals that may thin mucus and make it easier to cough up.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence 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.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Red soapwort seems safe for most people when used on the skin. There are no reported side effects when red soapwort is used in soaps and shampoos.

Red soapwort might be safe when taken by mouth. However, it can cause some side effects including stomach irritation, nausea, and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of red soapwort during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Stomach or intestinal disorders such as ulcers or inflammatory bowel disease: Red soapwort can make these conditions worse. Don’t use it if you have stomach or intestinal problems.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for RED SOAPWORT Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of red soapwort depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for red soapwort. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.
  • Schulz V, Hansel R, Tyler VE. Rational Phytotherapy: A Physician's Guide to Herbal Medicine. Terry C. Telger, transl. 3rd ed. Berlin, GER: Springer, 1998.
  • The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co., 1999.

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