Coltsfoot plant is a perennial, herbaceous plant which grows 10-30 cm in height. Here, we will talk about Coltsfoot plant uses, benefits and side effects.
Coltsfoot leaves are 4-inches wide and hoof-shaped. It bears yellow flowers on leafless stems in early spring. The margins of the leaves have angular teeth.
It has underground stems that maintain their life even when the leaves are gone. The leaves appear after the flowers wither away. They resemble dandelions to a large extent.
Coltsfoot plant common names
The common name of this plant is coltsfoot. Other names are bull’s foot, coughwort, Hallfoot, Fieldhove, and horsehoof.
Botanical name or family
The botanical name of this plant is Tussilago farfara. It belongs to the daisy family, Asteraceae.
Common places where Tussilago farfara plant grows
It grows natively in England. This plant also grows in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. It was introduced in the America where it grows abundantly. You see it growing in Far East Russia and China.
Coltsfoot plant medicinal uses and benefits
They collect the leaves at the beginning of July and gather the flower stalks in February. The leaves and stalks are used in the preparation of medicines although at times the flower is also used. The chief constituents are mucilage, tannins, and glycosides.
1. Coltsfoot cures cough and rectifies breathing problems
You can treat whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma, and all kinds of upper respiratory tract infections including a cough, sore throat, and hoarseness. Have a cup of coltsfoot tea made from the leaves of plant, and you will get immediate relief.
2. Treatment of the skin
You can use the paste of the leaves for enhancing the health of the skin. It removes spots and blemishes and makes the skin supple and soft. You can also use it on the wounds and cuts to help them heal faster.
3. Rectify disorders of the locomotor system
When you have problems with the locomotor system due to diseases like arthritis, you can get relief using coltsfoot. It helps reduce the swelling and eases the pain.
Apply the paste of the leaves on the joints – the elbows and the knees both in the morning and evening. It will help old age diseases like rheumatism and gout. Drink the tea, and you will experience a lessening of the symptoms.
4. Tussilago farfara Fights viral infections
You can use the coltsfoot for many kinds of viral infections. Have the decoction of the leaves twice a day for the best results. The decoction works best on an empty stomach. So, have the tea or decoction early in the morning.
Preparing the decoction of Coltsfoot
Take about 3 cups of leaves for 1 litre of water. Boil the water and stir the leaves into it. Let it steep for half an hour. Filter the residue and add 2-3 tablespoons of honey. Pour into bottles for later use. You can add 2-3 teaspoons of the decoction in a cup of water and drink it as needed.
Side effects of Tussilago farfara plant
There is enough evidence to show that Coltsfoot causes liver damage. So, do not use coltsfoot plant in excess. If you experience any pain, rashes, or vomiting, stop the use of Tussilago farfara and see your physician.