Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara
The leaves of Coltsfoot appear after the yellow dandelion like flower turns to a soft down of seeds. Its old name was ‘Filius ante patrem’ (The sun before the father) because of this unusual growth pattern.
Use: It is used to soothe a dry irritable unproductive cough especially where there is nervous aspect to the cough. It can ease breathlessness in asthma and bronchitis and has been smoked since Dioscoride’s time for medicinal purposes.
Parts used: Leaves harvested in June. (When picking from wild do not pick too much and do not pick the root, they are more and more scarce.)
To make a tea: 1 tsp of dried or fresh leaves to one cup of boiling water. Cover and infuse for 10 mins, strain and drink.