Coltsfoot (Tussilago Farfara)
Coltsfoot, also known as Coughwort, bulls foot, assfoot, farfara, horsehoof, foalswort, and foals foot, is native to Asia and Europe, although it thrives in damp regions across North America.
Coltsfoot has been used as a herbal supplement in both traditional Chinese medicine and Western herbalism, particularly to alleviate sore throats and chronic coughs.
Coltsfoot is commonly used in Europe to treat coughs, asthma, whooping cough, catarrh, bronchitis, and laryngitis. Its characteristics include expectorant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and respiratory and gastrointestinal protection.
Because of its demulcent and diuretic characteristics, it is highly calming and effective for respiratory and urinary disorders.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
◉ Coltsfoot should not be used for prolonged periods of time.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!