Colts Foot, Tussilago farfara, Wildcrafted


Size: per gram (50g minimum)

Colts Foot   (   Tussilago farfara  ) is wildcrafted in Albania

AKA  British Tobacco, Bull's Foot, Butterbur, Coughwort, Foal's Foot, Foalswort, Flower Velure, Hallfoot, Horsefoot.

Cautions   please be aware that herbs, although natural can interact with certain medications, and that they may be ill advised to use under certain health conditions.  Please consult a qualified health practitioner for cautions pertinent to you.

No therapeutic claim   is made or intended for this product.  Information is for educational purposes only.


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 Actions: Expectorant, anti-tussive, anti-spasmodic, demulcent, anti-catarrhal, diuretic.

Traditionally, Coltsfoot leaf has been used to treat numerous respiratory ailments, ranging from bronchitis to emphysema. Amazingly, the dried Coltsfoot leaf was actually "smoked" - in other words, this medicinal herb was put in a pipe from which patients would draw the fumes into their lungs. Needless to say, this method of ingesting Coltsfoot leaf did more harm than good; however, dried Coltsfoot leaf is still used in herbal smoking blends as a tobacco substitute. 

Other reported uses of Tussilago farfara involved crushing the flowers and making a poultice that is applied to the skin. The more common use of this natural herb remains that of treating respiratory ailments, however. 

Trained herbalists note that Coltsfoot leaf contains mucilage, tannins and zinc, which are said to relieve inflammation and cough. However, the alkaloid substances naturally occurring in the organic herb means that in large doses, Tussilago farfara can be potentially poisonous; people with a history of liver disorders should avoid Coltsfoot leaf. 

That said, trained herbalists commonly use cut Coltsfoot leaf in its dried form, mixing it with other herbs such as horehound, to relieve cough associated with various respiratory illnesses.
It is worth noting that Germany's Commission E on Phytotherapy has approved the use of Coltsfoot leaf for treating the symptoms of catarrh as well as the accompanying inflammation.
Consult with a trained herbalist or naturopathic doctor before using Coltsfoot leaf. Potentially poisonous; people with a history of liver disorders should avoid Coltsfoot leaf.
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