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Saponaria officinalis. N.O. Caryophyllaceae.

Synonym ► Bouncing Bet, Bruisewort. Fuller’s Herb, Soaproot. Habitat ► Roadsides and waste places near habitations.

Features ► Stem two feet high, smooth, round, thick. Leaves stalked, ovoid, two to three inches long. Flowers (August) flesh-coloured to white, five cordate petals, clustered towards end of stem.

Part used ► Leaves, root. Action ► Alterative, detergent.

Skin diseases generally. Decoction of 1 ounce to 1 1/2 pints water simmered to 1 pint is taken in wineglass doses three or four times daily. Pronounced “soapy” properties will remove grease.

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