Coltsfoot Herb (Tussilago farfara) is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. It is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring before dandelions. Leaves do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. The plant is typically between 10 – 30cm.
Coltsfoot Herb is native to several locations in Europe and Asia. It is also a common plant in North America and South America where it has been introduced, most likely by settlers as a medicinal item. The plant is often found in waste and disturbed places and along roadsides and paths. In some areas it is considered an invasive species.
It is also known as Ass’s foot, Bull’s foot, Butterbur, Coughwort, Farfara, Foal’s foot, Foalswort, Horse Foot and Winter Heliotrope
Traditional Uses of Coltsfoot Herb:-
Coltsfoot has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The name “tussilago” itself means “cough suppressant.” The plant has been used since historical times to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by cause of smoking particularly. Crushed flowers were supposedly used to cure skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food item.