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Meet your plant’s new best friend, Soapnut.
Soapnut, part of the lychee family, grows on small trees and shrubs in tropical regions around the world. Used for thousands of years as an emulsifying agent, these nut berries are rich in over 35 different types of saponins.
So, what's a saponin? And why does my plant want it?
Saponins are organic chemical compounds found in soapnut berries that trigger a plant's natural pest resistance, also known as Systemic Acquired Resistance or SAR. Saponins naturally boost the overall immune system and health of the entire plant! Saponins also increase the soil's natural absorbent texture to hydrate and nourish your plant from the ground up. What's more, saponins naturally increase pest mortality levels by acting as an appetite suppressant while decreasing reproduction rates to slow the invasion and destruction of unwanted insects. We want your beloved green babies to be free of those little buggers too!
Our solution for natural pest treatment
Yes, saponins help naturally boost your plant's overall health and resistance to pests, just like neem! As we've discussed over the years and in previous blog posts, Neem is a highly effective solution to all kinds of plant issues. When we combine soapnut with neem, the treatment is that much more impactful! We incorporate an abundant amount of fresh soapnuts into a base of organic vegetable glycerin to slowly cold extract and preserve the natural plant produced compounds and minerals from the soapnut berries.
*Bonus: Glycerin itself is beneficial for plants and soil too because it’s a carbon source for microbes in the soil. And that’s a good thing? Yes, it becomes food for microbes! And microbe (poop for lack of a better word) becomes fertilizer for your soil. Win win!
We're so excited to offer these organic, eco friendly tonics to you friends! We highly suggest using both Sacred Leaf and Sacred Soil Tonic as a (w)holistic treatment for your houseplants and garden. 96 applications of concentrated goodness in each 4 ounce bottle!
Want to learn even more about what makes these tonics so special? Have a seat with Karina and Ian, maker of our beautiful tonics in this 15 minute youtube video.
Thrips! They really are awful but we are here to help!
Let’s just jump right in. Thrips are the most persistent and annoying houseplant pest I’ve dealt with in my many years of plant parenthood. Yes, even more annoying than those damn fungus gnats that fly right into your face.
A manual that will lead you to connect with the natural world, and encourage you to make it a daily ritual.
You’ll find Karina’s signature plant life imagery, sensory guided experiences and meditations, plant care tips, step by step guidance to create your own sacred space, and ways to live more sustainably.
*20% of the proceeds of every Sacred Elements Guidebook sold will go to organizations that supporting small, independent farmers and educate children to grow their own food.