Sundew, common sundew, round-leaved sundew, red rot, youthwort, moorgrass.
Key Uses:Behavioral problems, especially in childrenDeep, violent, spasmodic coughs, especially whooping coughGrowing pains in children, such as stiff ankles and pains in the joints and bones
Origin : Grows in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Background : Sundew was taken in the 16th and 17th centuries for melancholia. In 1735 the Irish Herbal advised that it could be used to “eat away rotten sores.”
Preparation : The whole, fresh, flowering plant is macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Drosera is usually prescribed to treat a deep, violent, spasmodic cough, especially whooping cough. Associated symptoms may include restlessness, anxiety, retching, vomiting, cold sweats, and nosebleeds. There may also be a feeling that there is a feather or crumb in the larynx, which triggers coughing. The voice is often toneless, hoarse, and deep.
There is some indication that Drosera may be helpful in treating behavioral problems, particularly in children. It is best suited to children who are restless, anxious, peevish, and distrustful. Their emotions seem unbalanced, and they often have difficulty concentrating. Their anxiety may increase when they are alone, and can be associated with a fear of ghosts.
Drosera may also be given for childhood growing pains, especially if they are accompanied by emotional imbalance. Symptoms may include stiff ankles and pains in the joints and bones, particularly affecting the hips and thighs.
Symptoms Better : For open air; for movement; for walking; for sitting up; for pressure on the affected area.
Symptoms Worse : For warmth; after midnight; for lying down; for cold foods.