Herb – Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara
Coltsfoot has cool, moist and dry properties. A mucilaginous and astringent. The plant is typically 10–30 cm in height (or about 1 foot). Use the dried leaf to make “medicine”. The plant with yellow flowers emerges in early spring and bear a close resemblance to the dandelions, being that is in the dandelion family. However, coltsfoot is quite easy to identify, and really cannot be confused with the dandelion.
Migraines, obstruction of nose, respiratory infections, sinusitis, sore throat, painful coughing, bronchitis, colds, whooping cough, dry mucus, scar tissue in lungs, emphysema, asthma, liver and gallbladder. Swollen glands in neck, bladder infection, lower back pain, sore feet, strains and sprains, weeping wounds, burns and insect bites.
You can use the dried leaves in tea, as well as the flowers. Use the flowers for making tinctures. Simply by placing the tincture directly on the skin, it’s excellent in healing rashes, eczema, ulcers or bites. Flowers are also used in smoking. It’s recommended to combine other herbs such as mullein or marshmallow and horehound for the smoke. You can use the flower of the plant for skin irritations, infections, eczema and ulcers.
Coltsfoot is another great herb that presents itself in early spring. It’s a great herb to have around for those late spring or summer colds or coughs. In addition, the herb can be smoked and is quite effective in treating chest infections.