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Tussilago farfara flos / Coltsfoot Flower Cut
£9.49 – £29.95
**We have taken the decision to suspend sales of this product until further research has been done into the potential harmful effects of the PAs found in the herb. You can read more about this on our blog post ‘PAs in Medicinal Herbs.’ **
Tussilago farfara, commonly known as coltsfoot, is a plant in the groundsel tribe in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to Europe and parts of western and central Asia. It is a perennial herbaceous plant with yellow flowers that emerge in early spring and bear a close resemblance to the dandelions.
Coltsfoot can grow in damp or dry conditions and grows well in alkaline clay soil. It is usually found in places such as wastelands, on the side of the road or railway, hedge banks.
The botanical name, Tussilago, means ‘cough dispeller’. The herb has been used for this purpose and to provide relief from other respiratory disorders since pre-historic times.
Though the leaves and flowers are the commonly used parts, at times the root is also used.
It has had uses in traditional medicine, but the discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant has resulted in liver health concerns. The pyrrolizidine alkaloids are found in highest levels in the root.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Antitussive – Coltsfoot has long been used as a Cough suppressant. It is particularly useful in curing chronic coughs, as in the case of emphysema or silicosis.
Expectorant – Since the days of ancient Greece and Rome coltsfoot has been used to relieve asthma and bronchial congestion. Coltsfoot has also been found useful in the treatment of other respiratory conditions such as asthma, laryngitis, bronchitis, whooping cough, headaches and obstruction in the nasal passage.
Topical uses – The flowers are also used in the preparation of a poultice, which is used to provide relief from skin problems such as sores, eczema, ulcers and inflammations.
Product is supplied in Resealable Foil Bags.
250gm, 500gm, 1000gm