Information on Coltsfoot

Latin NameTussilago farfara
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsRespiratory system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. Not for long-term use. The herb contains small amounts of alkaloids that have a potential for toxicity but are considered safe by herbalists when used for short periods of time (up to 2 weeks several times a
Botanical InfoA plant from the Aster family with long petioled kidney-shaped scalloped leaves and light yellow ray flowers.
DescriptionColtsfoot is a water-loving plant that grows naturally in Europe, but is a garden favorite worldwide. It has been used for centuries, both in folk medicine and modern herbal practice, to help alleviate the symptoms of cough catarrh and upper respiratory tract congestion during a flu or cold, whooping cough, laryngitis, bronchitis, or asthma. It has expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties.


Infusion2-3 cups daily
Tincture20-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Coltsfoot

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cough, chronicantitussive, expectoranttincture, tea
Whooping coughantitussive, expectoranttincture, tea


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