White Soapwort

What other names is White Soapwort known by?

Gisófila, Gypsophila paniculata, Gypsophilae Radix, Gypsophile Paniculé, Nube, Paniculata, Saponaire Blanche, Saponaire d'Orient, Saponaria Blanca, Soapwort, Velo de Novia.

What is White Soapwort?

White soapwort is an herb. Its name comes from the fact that Franciscan and Dominican monks in the Middle Ages considered soapwort a divine gift that was meant to keep them clean. The root is used to make medicine.

People take white soapwort for cough, bronchitis, and swelling (inflammation) of the upper airways and lungs.

White soapwort is sometimes applied directly to the skin for ongoing (chronic) skin problems and eczema.

Don't confuse white soapwort with red soapwort.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cough.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the upper airways and lungs.
  • Skin problems such as eczema.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white soapwort for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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