Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus, is a beautiful bush in the honeysuckle family found in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and across the United States and Canada. It is distinctive for its white-colored berries, so if you have seen it, I bet you recognize it. The berries are not edible for us humans but animals do eat them. And they contain saponins, which are compounds very much like soap! I actually know a Portland woman who regularly washes her hair with it. She told me she mashes the berries in her hands, applies them to her hair, and then combs them out and rinses.
The Bella Coola people of British Columbia are reported to have used a tea of the branches as a gonorrhea cure. Hey, it never hurts to know these things.
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