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Coltsfoot

Other Names: Coltsfoot, Coughwort, British tobacco, Bullsfoot, Butterbur, Cough herb, Flower Velure, Foal's Foot, Fool's Foot, Horse-foot, Horsehoof, Hallfoot, Ass's Foot, Foalswort, fieldhove, Donnhove, Tussilago Farfara
Traditional Usages: Asthma, Catarrh, Dry Coughs, Smoker's Cough, Whooping Cough, Bronchial Asthma, Diarrhea, Herbal Tobacco for Coughs, Flu, Sinus Problems, Wound Healing, Sore Throats, Whopping cough, Sore throats,
Resources: Europe, North Africa, Western Asia, US,
Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers
Administration Method: Powdered herb for infusions, pressed plant juice for internal use.
Herb Action: Anti-inflammatory, demulcent, emollient, expectorant
Health Warning: Like comfrey and borage, coltsfoot contains small amounts of liver toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (P A.s).  The effects of the P A.s are cumulative. Coltsfoot consumption should be avoided during pregnancy, or limited to short-term use due to its pyrrolizidine alkaloids content.  Little is known about the effects of the P.A.s on the fetus.  Any person with debilitating liver conditions should avoid using coltsfoot.


Coltsfoot - Herbal remedy for Bronchitis: Coltsfoot is a remedy for bronchitis that has expectorant properties. It can help to get rid of mucus from the airways. Coltsfoot plant grows along roadsides and pathways and should not be mistaken from dandelions. Coltsfoot flowers and leaves are collected and dried for medicinal use.

 
Coltsfoot as a compress: Mix an ounce of coltsfoot leaves and flowers to a quart of water. Boil and let the mixture evaporate until about a pint. Use cotton balls or poultice to apply on the chest and along the throat to relieve pain and discomfort. 
 

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
   

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