Family Name: Asteraceae
Botanical Name(s): Tussilago Farfara L.
Popular Name(s): Coughwort, Hallfoot, Bullsfoot
Parts Used: Leaves, flowers and root
Habitat: Coltsfoot grows in England and Italy. It is also found
in Asia, North America and in South America
Description: Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant and it
spreads by seeds and rhizomes. At the early stages, the herb consists of
a single peduncle with numerous reddish bracts and whitish hairs and a
terminal, composite yellow flower. The other shoots which appear later
develop leaves. The seeds possess a tuft of silky hairs. The root is
small and white in colour.
Uses: Coltsfoot is used as a demulcent, expectorant and tonic.
It is a popular remedy for cough and beneficial to lungs. A decoction of
Coltsfoot leaves and water is good for both colds and asthma. Coltsfoot
tea is also made for the same purpose.