Coltsfoot (Farfarae Folia) is a herbaceous, perennial plant with yellow flowers that look like small daisies. It grows in wet soils, mainly in Europe and northern Asia.
It is known since ancient times (by Dioscorides and Hippocrates) mainly as a medicine to treat respiratory problems.
- It is commonly used as a natural treatment for chronic cough, runny nose, sore throat, bronchitis and asthma.
- It relieves arthritic and rheumatic pains as well as toothache.
- Its soothing expectorant action makes it useful in most respiratory problems, including chronic forms of emphysema.
- It acts as a mild diuretic, beneficial for cystitis.
How to use: Put 1 teaspoon in a mug of hot water for 6-8 minutes. Strain and add, if desired, sugar, honey or any sweetener of your choice. Once a day for up to 2 weeks.
Caution! Not to be consumed by children or people with liver problems. Coltsfoot in large quantities is considered toxic. Advice from a doctor and/or herbalist is considered necessary for its use.