The drosera or also known as the dew plant or drop grass is a small plant that was born at first in some areas of Europe. The drosera plant is characterized by being insectivorous since it feeds on some insects such as flies and mosquitoes and traps this prey through its leaves that are covered with hairs that have secretions that are rich in nutrients and properties.
In this article we will show you the different properties and benefits of the drosera plant to be used as a natural remedy for some diseases and our health in general.
Nutritional composition and properties of the drosera plant
The Drosera rotundifola or commonly known as drosera plant had its origin in some European areas such as the United Kingdom but, currently, it is also cultivated in North America and some regions of Northern Asia. It is characterized by being a perennial plant of small size with a very thin stem and round leaves covered with a kind of hairs are a “trap” to attract the insects on which the drosera plant feeds and, in addition, secrete a substance with some nutrients and active ingredients.
The drosera plant is used as a medicinal remedy for some diseases, especially respiratory, for its following nutritional composition and properties:
- Mannose, xylose and mucilage: it is a type of soluble fiber that contains digestive and anti-inflammatory properties among others.
- Quinones: it is an active ingredient of the drosera plant similar to vitamins.
- Flavonoids: they are natural pigments that the drosera has and that contain excellent antioxidant properties.
- Enzymes: these are proteins found in the secretions of the drosera plant.
- Tannins: they are polyphenolic compounds with great astringent properties.
- Organic acids: among them, the drosera plant contains ellagic, citric, benzoic and butyric acid.
- Vitamin C: it is a powerful antioxidant that contains antibacterial and antihistamine properties.
Drosera is a natural antibiotic
One of the benefits of the drosera plant is that it can be used as a natural antibiotic thanks to its naphthoquinones content that acts against viruses such as influenza, and its richness in vitamin C, which contains excellent antibacterial and antihistamine properties.
In addition, the drosera plant also contains plumbagine, a compound with great antibiotic principles that also fights against various viruses and bacteria such as colds, enteritis and other respiratory infections.
To use this medicinal plant as an antibiotic, you just have to prepare an infusion of drosera plant containing 2 grams of it and a cup of boiled water and take it at least 3 times a day.
Natural remedy for respiratory problems
Another benefit of the drosera plant is that it is a good remedy for various diseases and respiratory problems thanks to its nutritional composition. The drosera plant can be used as a treatment for the following respiratory infections:
- Cough: the drosera plant is a good remedy against this condition because of its high content of mucilages, which have anti-inflammatory properties that soften throat irritation and relieve coughs.
- Whooping cough: its content in plumbalgin, a compound with great antibiotic properties, makes it a good natural remedy for this type of infection.
- Asthma: it can be used for the symptoms of this disease, especially for whistling in the chest, since the drosera plant contains both anti-inflammatory and antitussive properties that will relieve asthma.
- Respiratory allergy: the naphthoquinones contained in the drosera plant are very suitable for the treatment of bronchospasms thanks to their antihistamine properties.
The drosera plant is a natural enema
We also include in the list of benefits of the drosera plant, its use as a natural enema to treat constipation or another digestive condition. The drosera plant is rich in both mucilages containing digestive properties and flavonoids, an antioxidant compound with excellent diuretic properties. Both properties are ideal for the drosera plant to be applied as an all-natural enema.
For its application, you only have to make infusion of the drosera plant as we have explained before and consume it three times a day for a week in a row at most.
Drosera for skin conditions
Finally, the drosera plant has also been used as an external treatment for some conditions that can occur in our skin. The juice that is extracted from the secretions produced by the leaves of the drosera are very rich in enzymes and naphthoquinones, which have ideal rubefacient properties to reduce the ailments that occur in the case of warts, corns and bunions.
In addition, in the event that there are infections caused by bacteria or fungi, the drosera plant will also act against them thanks to its antibacterial and astringent properties due to its high content of mucilage's, vitamin C and plumbalgine.
Contraindications of the drosera plant
In addition to having all these benefits, this plant also has the following contraindications:
- If you are pregnant, you should not use the drosera plant as a natural remedy since its compound in plumbalgin can be harmful to the fetus.
- The drosera plant is also not recommended in cases of immune diseases.
- If you have especially sensitive skin, it is not advisable to use the drosera plant since the secretions produced by its leaves can be irritating for this type of skin.
- You should never exceed the recommended daily dose, in the case of infusion, you should not take it more than 3 times a day.