What's a saponin? And why does my plant want it?
Meet your plant’s new best friend, Soapnut berries. Part of the lychee family, soapnut berries grow on small trees and shrubs in tropical regions around the world and contain a high level of saponins. Soapnut is a key ingredient in our plant care tonics offering a rich source of minerals and saponins. Perhaps best known as nature's soap, humans have used soapnut for thousands of years as an emulsifying agent.
Saponins are organic chemical compounds found in thousands of plants. We've selected a few super stars to infuse into our tonics including soapnut berry, alfalfa, and fresh Aloe Vera leaf. Saponins are responsible for triggering your plant's natural pest resistance, we refer to this as Systemic Acquired Resistance or SAR.
Saponins naturally boost the overall immune system and health of the entire plant while increasing soil absorbency and nutrients uptake. This means more readily available nutrition for your plant to absorb more efficiently. Over time our tonics assist your plants to grow more resistant to pests and disease and stronger with each application. You'll begin to notice the radiant health beaming from the inside out as the relationship between bacteria and mycorrhiza is nourished and supported allowing your plant to gain a strong immune system from the ground up!
What is mycorrhiza? It is a symbiotic relationship between plant and fungi. The term mycorrhiza refers to the role of the fungus in the plant's 'rhizosphere' or root system. Mycorrhiza plays a vital role in soil biology and soil chemistry.
Our solution for natural pest treatment
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! Saponins help naturally boost your plant's overall health and resistance to pests, just like our other favorite key ingredients - neem. Neem is a highly effective solution to a myriad of plant issues like soil borne pests like root aphids and fungus gnats as well as fungal infections. To create a Sacred Soil Bath for your plants and enjoy this sensory ritual, click here for a step by step guide.
Infused into our tonics goes an abundant amount of fresh soapnut berries, neem bark, fresh aloe, alfalfa, comfrey, nettle and more into a base of organic vegetable glycerin to slowly cold extract and preserve all those incredible natural plant produced compounds and minerals.
*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 thrilled to offer organic, earth friendly tonics to you and your green babies! We highly suggest using both Sacred Leaf and Sacred Soil Tonic as a (w)holistic treatment for your houseplants and garden. with up to 96 applications of concentrated goodness in each 4 ounce bottle and almost 200 applications for our 8oz size!
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.
Wishing you and your green friends all kinds of love! Karina and Team SE