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Chinese Honeylocust,Gleditsia sinensis,soap bean,ornamental tree

Post Date : April 04
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Outdoor Plants
Lanhai Landscape
China (Mainland)
50 Piece/Pieces
Natural Plants
600 Piece/Pieces per Year
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1 tall deciduous tree
2 only growned in China
3 widely used as ornamental tree

1 In China, it has the name ‘zao jia’. However, its English name includes Chinese honey locust (or Chinese honeylocust), soap bean[3] and soap pod.

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2 It is one of the alleged "50 fundamental herbs" used in traditional Chinese medicine. Gleditsia sinensis has been used in China for at least 2000 years as a detergent.

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3Chinese Honeylocust pod was originally used as natural detergent or soap to wash dirt clothing in Old China. The trees with very big spines can be grown 20-30 m high and 1-2 m in diameter. It is very efficient detergent because it contains saponin, secondary metabolic product. This natural detergent has been using till 1970's and it was given up because chemical detergent called Tides to first imported to China from foreign countries. Absolutely, natural one is better than chemical one for human's health. Here is a question: Why more and more people have skin allergies now when we enjoy the civilization by using chemical detergent instead of primary natural Chinese Honeylocust from trees. An interesting fact is that skin allergy never happened in poor regions in China where people used to wash cloths with the pod picked up from the trees. As such, the assumption is chemical detergents contain sth. that causes skin allergy, but natural detergent from Honeylocust tree pods do not do in this way( private communication with immunologist in allergy). Today, The Chinese honeylocust trees which are thought to be excellent medicinal plants have become rare in China. Taken together, The more natural, the better.

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