Some persons smoke the leaves of coltsfoot medicinal herbs as a substitute to tobacco


Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) medicinal herb is a plant that is native to Europe and it can be found growing wild in North America as well as China.  It is scattered by seeds and rhizomes and has a striking resemblance to dandelion. The leaves actually resemble a colt's foot, hence the name.

It is a perennial herb from the Asteraceae family and the main parts used as herbal medicine are the leaves, flowers and root.  It is a wild plant with large leaves and bright yellow flowers.

The common names for this plant are Butterbur, Coughwort, Horsefoot, Horse Hoof, Asses's foot, Bullsfoot, British tobacco, Foal's foot, Foalswort, Hallfoot, Flower velure, Tussilaga farfara and Ginger root.

The medicinal properties are tonic, emollient, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, anticatarrhal, astringent, demulcent, mucilaginous, antispasmodic, antitussive, pectoral and antiphlogistic.  The constituents are vitamin C, tannins, glycosides, zinc, inulin and flavonoids.

Health benefits of coltsfoot

It is definitely a medicinal plant for all kinds of coughs. This is the primary medicinal herb for coughing ailments. It is extremely effective for coughs such as whooping cough otherwise referred to as pertussis, spasmodic coughs, coughs resulting from cold and flu. You can say it is an herbal coughing remedy.  When it is mixed with other medicinal herbs, it can also yield an effective cough syrup.

It will fight other ailments associated with respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and all other lungs problems, consumption, hoarseness, laryngitis as well as catarrh.  Individuals who suffer from asthma may see this plant as an herbal asthma remedy.  It is a medicinal herb that is also excellent to treat fever, stomach conditions, inflammations, diarrhea, chickenpox, swellings as well as piles.

The medicinal plant is a natural expectorant due to the fact that inhalation of the powdered leaves will remove blockage of mucus from the nasal passage and will additionally aid in abating an headache.

2 capsules per day is excellent to treat scrofulous tumors and a poultice made from the medicinal herb may be applied to burns, sores, ulcers and insect bites for healing.  The herb is an ingredient in some natural products for the treatment of acne conditions and other blemishes on the skin.


Make a decoction by putting one ounce of  leaves in one quart of water and let it boil down to a pint. If preferably, you can sweeten with honey and consume one cupful of the tea three to four times per day.


It is not popular among many individuals probably due to the discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant which has resulted in liver health concerns. That is the reason herbal preparations and the knowledge concerning the consumption of herbs is vitally important.

Pregnant and nursing women should avoid taking the medicinal herb and also avoid giving coltsfoot to small children.

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Updated October 22, 2018


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