Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

Other common names: Lustwort, red rot, youthwort, dew plant, round-leafed sundew, kandulessa

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/Aaron Carlson

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/Aaron Carlson

Family: Droseraceae

Actions:

Antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, aphrodisiac, decongestant, soothing expectorant, demulcent.

Harvest:

Harvest the flowers just as they are starting to open, and dry them naturally (air-dry, not using artificial means).

Part used: Flower heads

Constituents: 

Ellagic acid, napthaquinones, volatile oils, flavonoids (including  hyperosidequercetin and isoquercetin), mucilage, vitamin C,  carotenoids, butyric acidformic acidmalic acidpropionic acidresintannins and others.

Indications:

Diagram courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Diagram courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Coughs, cold/flu symptoms, congestion, respiratory infections, bronchitis, asthma, shortness of breath, exhaustion from chronic illness, loss of libido.

Medicinal preparations:

Internal

Dried herb can be used in tea, capsules, steam inhalations and syrups.

External

This plant is primarily used internally (from what I have read so far).

Contraindications:

Do not use if pregnant or nursing, or in children without the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. May interact with anti-inflammatory medications, or those prescribed for asthma, spasms, bronchitis or other respiratory illnesses. This herb has not been extensively researched in modern medicine.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.

Energetic/traditional use:

This carnivorous plant was once reputed to cure warts and cause milk to spoil – but more commonly it was revered as an aphrodisiac and a potent pulmonary remedy even centuries ago.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.

 

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