Information on Sundew

Latin NameDrosera rotundifolia
Part UsedWhole Plant
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsRespiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn insectivorous plant of boggy places in the Sundew family with red fleshy leaves, sticky tentacles, and small white flowers on a stalk.
DescriptionSundew has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is an important herb for the respiratory tract. It is a soothing remedy for whooping cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and dry, irritating coughs and is reported to have a relaxing effect on the bronchial tree. Some herbalists ascribe rejuvenative and longevity properties to this herb. Fresh juice of sundew is also used externally against warts and corns.

Sundew has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup per day taken in tablespoon doses
Tincture10 drops to 1 dropperful 2-3 times daily

Ailments Treated by Sundew

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Breath, shortness ofbronchial antispasmodictincture
Whooping coughantispasmodic, demulcenttincture
Asthmaantispasmodic, demulcenttincture
Bronchitisantispasmodic, demulcenttincture


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