COLTSFOOT: “World’s Oldest Cough Remedy”
Cough Suppressant, Asthma
Also Known As: Cough Plant, Cough Wort, Horse Foot and Horse Hoof
Coltsfoot has been a cough suppressant mainstay in the Asian and European communities for more than 2,000 years and is still widely used today. Around the French Revolution, Coltsfoot was so popular in Paris that signs bearing it’s golden flowers were a standard symbol that hung outside apothecary shops.
Consult with your physician first before trying coltsfoot. This herb remains controversial in the US and has been banned in Canada. In European countries, it is routinely used as an infusion and tincture. The taste is somewhat bitter, so it is often taken with honey added.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Coltsfoot is a low ground perennial. The flowers resemble marigolds. Coltsfoot is easy to grow and may overrun your garden. They grow well in containers. Plant in the spring or fall with moist, clay soil under full sun or partial shade. Gather them in full bloom and dry. Leaves should be harvested when they are mature.
The FDA lists coltsfoot as an herb of undefined safety. Use in medicinal amounts. Always consult with your doctor before taking this herb.