Sundew: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits

Sundew: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits


Drosera rotundifolia




Note 1


The sundew, scientific name Drosera rotundifolia, belongs to the family of Droseraceae and it is defined as a carnivorous plant or better an insectivorous one that captures its prey by means of viscous secretions.

In fact, the leaves are equipped with hairs that have some kind of drops formed by viscous substances that trap the prey.


The properties of sundew are due to the presence of enzymes, glucosides, tannins and resins that give it properties antispasmodic, antiseptics is cough relievers and expectorants.


The used parts of the sundew are all the aerial parts that must be collected during the summer period


The aerial part of the plant should be harvested in summer and used fresh or dried in a ventilated, warm and dark place.

With the sundew you can make an infusion used for cough and inflammation of the respiratory system in general, also demonstrating a slight antibiotic property.


The juice of the plant has the ability to curdle milk.


Leaf sap can cause skin irritation.


You see:Carnivorous plants: Drosera.

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Uses and Conclusions

Aloe vera and its extracts are part of the composition of various food supplements while aloe gel is used externally for the treatment of irritations, burns, small lesions, bruises, redness and to relieve insect bites (some, even, use to counteract the burning induced by contact with the stinging tentacles of the jellyfish).

In any case, we remind you that aloe vera and its extracts are not drugs and that, before using them for therapeutic purposes, it is always advisable consult your doctor, even more so if you suffer from ailments or diseases, if you are pregnant and breastfeeding (especially as regards the use of products to be taken orally) and / or if you are following drug therapies any kind.

Precautions and contraindications

If you use echinacea to treat yourself and the symptoms persist for more than 10 days, consult your doctor.

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, ask your doctor for advice before using it: in fact, those who are allergic to plants of the Asteraceae family can have problems with this plant.

Again according to the WHO, echinacea-based medicines must only be used by adults and give it adolescents over 12 years of age. In fact, in children, it is better to avoid treatments with echinacea unless advised by the doctor. Instead, you can treat wounds, even children's wounds, with cream.

Also, if you use medications immunosuppressants, anticancer or if you have undergone transplants, you must avoid treatments with this plant for its immunostimulating action.

Always start echinacea therapy sparingly to make sure you are not allergic.

If you hire antivirals, paracetamol and corticosteroids, ask your doctor for advice first. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, do not consume echinacea.

Article in collaboration with the herbalist Alessia Onorati of Small Herbalist.

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