||Dew Plant, Red Rot
General description and domicile:
Found in most parts of the world this small herbaceous aquatic perennial grows
in swamps and marshes where nutrients in the soil are low. It makes up for the
lack of nutrients in the soil by trapping and digesting insects on its leaves.
The plant is very small and ground hugging. Flowers are white in clusters on
short (less than four inch) stalks and the leaves are spread from the base close
to the ground. The leaves are green with red stalks and both contain red hair
like growths. The red hairs are longer and more dense on the leaves and have a
minute, dew-like, drop of liquid at the ends which is excreted most by the plant
when the sun is at its zenith (which is why it is called sundew).
It is with this combination of hair and liquid that the insects are caught. The
hairs curl in gently while the sticky liquid deters the insect, so trapping it
before a digestive fluid is secreted.
Part used and extraction:
The entire herb is used.
Dried herb, tincture and fluid extract
Sundew has traditionally been used for whooping cough and other respiratory
Used for treatment of:
Naphthaquinones: Characterised by their very
dark color, naphthaquinones have antimicrobial, anti-tumour and antifungal
Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments
found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In
plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as
antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and
yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.
Laboratory experiments have been
conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory
system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental
stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free
radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral,
anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been
determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a
component of this herb.
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