Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) Non-Native

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Parts used: leaves, flowers

Medicinal uses: Coltsfoot is an effective demulcent and expectorant herb and is a common remedy for chest problems in Europe. Both leaves and flowers can be taken as a decoction for chest conditions, the leaves being preferred in Europe and the flowers in China. This herb is used as a specific treatment for spasmodic coughs.

Cautions: Use of coltsfoot flowers is not recommended. Do not take the leaves for longer than 3-4 weeks at a time. Do not use coltsfoot while pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also not suitable for children under 6 (Chevallier 278-9).

Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara

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