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Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)



antispasmodic, diaphoretic and diuretic, constipating, expectorant, expectorant, emollient, cough-relieving, anti-inflammatory

Areas of application:

Cough, bronchitis, spasmodic cough, asthma, whooping cough, emphysema, laryngitis, lung problems, mucous bronchi, flu, inflamed mucous membranes, silicosis, emphysema, scrofulous skin ulcers (scrofulosis is a skin and lymph node disease that can lead to tuberculosis), swollen glands, hoarseness after measles, chronic runny nose, chronic cough, chronic inflammation of the sinuses, skin inflammation that feels hot, varicose veins, lower leg ulcers, fever, earache, stressed skin, sore feet, pimply acne skin, degreases the scalp and ensures that dandruff does not form

Plant parts used:

Flowers and leaves

Collection time:

Flowers March to June, leaves until August

To find:

Coltsfoot grows on damp roadsides, on dams and embankments as well as on rubble sites and fallow land.


Mucilage, bitter substances, tannins, phytosterols, essential oil, glycoside, inulin, silica, sodium, potassium, iron, magnesium, sulfur, vitamin C, pyrrolizitin alkaloids


☕ Tea: 2 teaspoons of leaves and/or flowers are poured with 1/4 liter of boiling water. After a short steeping time, it is strained and sweetened with honey. 3 cups per day are sufficient.

Coltsfoot is a perennial plant and the flowers look a bit like dandelions. The plant grows between 10 and 15 cm high and usually grows in open ruderal areas. The top of the leaf is smooth while the underside is covered with white downy hairs. The leaves at the top of the plant are green, while the leaves near the ground are white or grayish in color. These basal leaves are 5 to 25 cm long and toothed at the edges. The individual bright yellow flowers are approximately more than 1/2 inch in diameter and look like those of a dandelion. Its small white root spreads underground.

🛑 The leaves of coltsfoot contain small amounts of toxic compounds that are destroyed by cooking. Raw leaves should only be consumed in small quantities. If the leaves are to be used as a vegetable, they should first be boiled, then drained and then rinsed well.

Coltsfoot has disappeared from herbal shops and markets because of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids it contains; it is now available in pharmacies. The ancient plant of folk medicine is carcinogenic and mutagenic due to the pyrrolizidine alkaloids; they are e.g. B. also present in comfrey, which suffered the same fate. However, when drinking normal tea or plants, the concentration is so low that it is negligible. A Viennese pharmacist has discovered that coltsfoot only develops these alkaloids when it is stressed. They do not yet develop in the flower buds, inflorescences and very young leaves. So you can use these coltsfoot parts with peace of mind.

A mixture of coltsfoot, ribwort plantain and mullein works well as a cough suppressant, but also marshmallow or lungwort.

Pipe or cigarette smokers can stuff their cigarettes or pipes with coltsfoot leaves instead of regular tobacco. When smoked, this also stops the cough and is good for the chest and lungs.

Coltsfoot is a magnesium plant. Anyone who has a magnesium deficiency or whose magnesium absorption in the body is disturbed has found a biological formula with this smuggler plant to make magnesium absorption easier for the organism.

In the kitchen, flowers and leaves can be eaten in small quantities in salads. Young leaves can also be used in soups or stews. To use the leaves as a vegetable, they should be washed after cooking to remove the bitter substances.

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