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The very name coltsfoot means “cough dispeller”. It has been used as a natural herb for whooping cough as well as asthma and bronchitis due to its expectorant properties and its use as a demulcent. Particularly useful in curing chronic coughs, as in the case of emphysema or silicosis. Tussilago is expectorant, sedative and demulcent, most useful in debilitated and chronic cough conditions. Rosemary Gladstar recipe: 1/8th cup Coltsfoot leaves crushed into bits 1/8th cup Licorice root, cut and sifted herb (try to use Starwest or Frontier via Amazon) 2 1/4 cup Water Simmer down to 1 cup of strong tea. When cooled down to warm, add about a tablespoon of local raw/unpasteurized local Honey to provide additional soothing properties. If vegan or diabetic leave the honey out, but it does have medicinal properties. Take a teaspoon as needed to soothe a dry, irritated, sore throat and/or to ease persistent coughing. If you're concerned with Licorice's affect on those with high blood pressure, keep your daily dosage low. *Never use Coltsfoot or any other powerful herb for longer than a week/10 days at a time without taking a break of a few days. If the cough reappears, see a physician. *Drink lots of water to assist the herb in its healing.
Tussilago farfara
Anticatarrhal, Expectorant, Antitussive, Demulcent, Antiinflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antiviral
Elecampane, Indian Posy
Only short-term use of this as an herbal remedy for pertussis is recommended due to its level of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The root of coltsfoot, if consumed in large doses can prove to be toxic. Pyrrolizadine alkaloids are considered hepato-toxic. Avoid long-term or excessive use.
A decoction of coltsfoot may be prepared with one ounce of leaves and one quart of water that is boiled to the point where the water has been reduced to a pint and then this preparation can be sweetened with honey.Pharmacy: Infusion 1-2 tsp/cup water, 1 cup BID-TID. Tincture: (1:5), 2-5 ml TID.