Saponaria

Commonly known as soapwort, the crushed leaves and roots of an herb, which contains saponins (plant steroids) that form lather in water. A natural detergent that is used in shampoos, cleaners and soaps, where it functions as an emulsifier, surfactant and foaming agent. Saponins are toxic when ingested therefore soapwort is a mild poison.

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