Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sundew - Monograph

Common Name – Sundew

Botanical Name – Drosera Rotundifolia

Parts Used – Aerial Parts

Active Constituents – glycosides, flavonoids, resins, carotins, tannins, organic acids

So what is Sundew good for?

Therapeutic Properties – Anti-spasmodic, demulcent, anti-microbial, aphrodisiac, expectorant

Sundew can helpful in the treatment of tracheitis, bronchitis and asthma.

Sundew can be helpful in the treatment of gastritis and peptic ulcers.

Sundew can be used topically for minor skin irritations.


Tincture – 10-20 drops three time a day

Dry herb in tea form – 1-2 grams per cup three cups per day

How do you make sundew tea?

Add one tea spoon of dry Catnip herb to one cup of boiling water, cover and let steep for five minutes, strain out used herb and enjoy.


Should not be used during pregnancy and nursing

Research articles with links

Antimicrobial activity of aerial parts of Drosera peltata Smith on oral bacteria


Sundew – A plant that really garbs you (if you are an ant)

Sundew is a beautiful plant with glistening tentacles on its colorful leaves. Now the glistening tentacles of sundew are attractive to more than just our human eye but insect senses as well. The glistening is a sweet and very sticky secretion that attracts and then traps insects. Sundew is a carnivorous plant, that's right sundew is a plant that eats insects. The tentacles on the leaf of all Drosera or sundew plants are so sensitive that they even cause the leaf to bend in toward its middle when they detect an insect in order to get a better bite. After the insect is trapped the plant secrets digestive enzymes which break down the insect so that it can be absorbed into the plant to supplement its diet.



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