What is coltsfoot herb
Coltsfoot herb is native to Europe, Asia, and North America. The medically useful material originated earlier, mainly from wild collections in Italy and the Balkans. Today drug material from the cultivation of genetically Equivalent variety Tussilago farfara “Vienna” is more used. In herbal medicine, one uses today mainly the dried leaves of coltsfoot (Farfrae folium). Previously, even the herb, the flower heads, and the root have been used.
Characteristics of coltsfoot herb
One of the first wildflowers in Spring is the yellow flower of Coltsfoot.
Often People mix it up with the Dandelion flower, but Dandelion blossoms after it has Leafs
Looking more closely the difference can be seen.The roots and the stems have fine scales. The small flower heads are golden and are coming in the cold March, sometimes even through the snow. The heart-shaped leaves appear only after flowering. The small fruits have fine silky hairs. The yellow flowers can be confused with dandelion.
Coltsfoot Herb features
The Coltsfoot leaves are good for skin problems, they kill bacteria, stop bleeding and inflammation.
The juice of the fresh leaves in a warm milk is beneficial for asthma and bronchitis .the juice dropped into the ears it works against an earache.
Inhaling the steam of the leaves or flowers good for shortness of breath. By swollen feet helps a bath with a tea of the leaves.
Coltsfoot grows everywhere even in very poor soil.
Coltsfoot herb is a perennial, up to 30 cm high herb. It blooms from February to April. The leaves show a typical horseshoe shape. They are on top of green and silver underside. Even before the leaves, the bright yellow flower heads with narrow ray flowers appear, that reminds a little bit of dandelion flowers. The drug material is characterized by thin, about 20 cm wide, lobed leaves. The leaves are hairy on the underside. Young leaves also bear on top the petioles of the drug component. Coltsfoot spread no particular smell. The taste of Coltsfoot is weak and slimy sweetish.
Coltsfoot is also called “Tussilago farfara”, is a medicinal plant. It has a particularly healing effect on all respiratory complaints. The plant is very good for coughs. The Latin name “tussis ago” means “selling cough”. The dried leaves and roots can be harvested until fall and burned, The smoke of Coltsfoot herb has traditionally been used to clean the air.
The Coltsfoot poultice is good for mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It relieves the discomfort. Meanwhile, the industry has checked the ingredients of the plant. It has been found that in the case of overdose and continuous intake the kidneys may be attacked. As is the case with many medicinal plants, we must, therefore, follow dosage. General Apply coltsfoot medicinal plant domestic coltsfoot collects in the respiratory symptoms genus.
Occurrence of coltsfoot herb
The plant is found throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. In Germany, it is very common. It grows on forest edges, clearings, meadow edges, stream banks, and roadsides. It is a robust plant that is often considered a wild weed.
Story of coltsfoot herb
It is recorded that the plant was ordained earlier, Mercury. No one knew of the healing effect in respiratory problems. As the coltsfoot herb grows everywhere, it was very often used. One can say that the coltsfoot is an old home remedy. It has been handed down and passed down through many generations.
Practice application areas of coltsfoot herb
- Difficulty in breathing
- Smoker’s cough
Coltsfoot herb tea
For tea, take 1 teaspoon of dried leaves for ½ liter of hot water. The tea should stay for 5 minutes, then remove the leaves. You can drink 2 to 3 cups a day of it.
6 teaspoons of leaves you soak with 150 ml of hot water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Soak a cotton cloth with the liquid and lay it on the chest. Repeated daily application of the poultice when coughing helps. One can take a course over the period of one month and apply the poultice also for various skin problems.
- Essential oils
- Tannic acid
Effect of Coltsfoot Herb
The healing effect mainly helps respiratory problems. One can apply the coltsfoot internally and externally.
Poultice also help with various skin diseases.
The native Americans used to smoke them against lung disease and mixed with tobacco and other herbs
The dry leaves burned, it is said, causes prophetic dreams and vision.
People looking for a romance should wear the leaves as a necklace or sprinkle them around the house.
The Coltsfoot Plant has the first wild flowers in spring, they are edible can be added to a salad and taste similar to licorice or anise.