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.
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. In addition they can be smoked with mullein or marshmallow and horehound. You can use the flower of the plant for skin irritations, infections, eczema and ulcers.