*image courtesy of big portage*
Drosera is known as the common sun dew and is a carnivorous plant. The sticky fluid is how it catches it's prey and then the plant secretes enzymes to dissolve them into nutrients. Sun dews grow in poor soil and lack the enzymes needed to uptake nitrates from the soil like other plants do. Catching and digesting insects ensures they get the nutrients they need. Fascinating isn't it? Drosera has been used for centuries as an herbal treatment for coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma.
The reason I've decided to write about Drosera Rotundifolia today is because the whole family was sick a little while back with a very intense chest congestion and cough and each and every one of us required this little homeopathic remedy. Though I was familiar with drosera, I had never actually had to prescribe it before. I was really alarmed by how intensely ill we all were when in need of this remedy. And I don't ever recall a time when our whole family or another whole family that I was treating all required the same remedy.
See all the sticky fluid on the spindles? Doesn't it look like bronchiol tubes and aveolea covered in fluid? That is exactly what it felt like to be in need of this homeopathic remedy. We all had a chest congestion that caused difficult expiration. You could hear the sound of the fluid with each expiration which was the pointer to the remedy for me. The continuous coughing from that congestion was unbearable. This chest congestion and cough held on for a long time but each time any of us took drosera we noticed an immediate amelioration.
While each homeopathic remedy can be indicated for a number of issues and can present itself in different ways, this was our particular drosera experience. If you would like to learn more about the specific symptoms associated with this homeopathic remedy check out the drosera page on ABC Homeopathy.
Now I think I need a few of these crazy carnivores for the home- for catching flies and in case I need to make drosera tea again any time in the near future!
I hope you enjoyed reading about this fascinating plant and remedy!
♥ Andrea ♥