Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
Other common names: Lustwort, red rot, youthwort, dew plant, round-leafed sundew, kandulessa
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Antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, aphrodisiac, decongestant, soothing expectorant, demulcent.
Harvest the flowers just as they are starting to open, and dry them naturally (air-dry, not using artificial means).
Part used: Flower heads
Ellagic acid, napthaquinones, volatile oils, flavonoids (including hyperoside, quercetin and isoquercetin), mucilage, vitamin C, carotenoids, butyric acid, formic acid, malic acid, propionic acid, resin, tannins and others.
Coughs, cold/flu symptoms, congestion, respiratory infections, bronchitis, asthma, shortness of breath, exhaustion from chronic illness, loss of libido.
Dried herb can be used in tea, capsules, steam inhalations and syrups.
This plant is primarily used internally (from what I have read so far).
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.
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.