The sundew plant at one time amazed two would-be scientists when they saw a mosquito caught in its leaves. While both men witnessed the curious phenomenon, the mosquito begins to disappear due to the action of a digestive enzyme, similar to our gastric juice, which the sundew leaves secrete. This plant is carnivorous, and it can capture and digest around 2000 insects in one summer.
Sundew Plant Scientific Facts
- Scientific name: Drosera rotundifolia L.
- French: Dosera.
- Spanish: Drosera.
- Environment: Rare species, which usually grows in humid mountain soils. Naturalized to America.
- Description: Vivacious small plant of the Droseraceae family, growing not more than 15 cm high. The leaves grow at ground level, forming a rose, and are covered with sticky hairs to which insects stick.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The aerial part of the plant.
Healing Properties and Indications
The entire sundew plant contains naphthoquinones, the most important of which is plumbagin, which give it antitussive, bechic, antibiotic, and antispasmodic properties. It has been proven effective against streptococcus, staphylococcus, and pneumococcus.
Because of this, it is an excellent remedy against dry, irritated coughs caused by pharyngitis, laryngitis, or tracheitis. It is highly recommended for whooping cough and asthma. For acute, chronic bronchitis, sundew eases cough and promotes expectoration.
How to use Sundew
- Infusion 15-20 g of plant per liter of water. Drink four or five cups daily.
- Tincture. It is helpful for children in a dose of five drops per year of age, take up to 30 drops daily throughout the whole day. Administer dissolved into water or fruit juice.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 754. Print.[Sundew plant]