Coltsfoot tea benefits skin and hair as it contains natural antioxidant properties which help protect them and reverse the damage done by environmental free radicals. Coltsfoot herb is also used for treating sore throat and various lung and respiratory ailments.
One of the main uses both historically and in the present day of coltsfoot is to treat sore throats. It is considered effective because of the mucilage content of the herb which gives it a powerful demulcent effect. Burning the herb or inhaling its vapors steeped in boiling water is not recommended because the mucilage is expected to be destroyed by the heat.
As well as being used for sore throats, coltsfoot has also been used to deal with various related conditions including bronchitis, influenza, laryngitis, lung congestion and whooping cough. In many parts of Europe, coltsfoot is among the most popular herbal remedies for various chest and respiration ailments.
Coltsfoot is widely used to relieve inflammation both internally and externally. Several studies have indicated that the herb contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids and polysaccharides giving the herb potential applications against asthma and other inflammatory conditions.
As well as its anti-inflammatory abilities, coltsfoot also contains natural antioxidant properties which may help protect the skin and reverse the damage done by environmental free radicals. It can be applied topically to your skin and is an ingredient in a number of commercial cosmetic products.
According to many users, coltsfoot can work miracles on the skin, helping to rejuvenate the complexion and reducing the visibility of age marks and wrinkles.
Coltsfoot contains a rich variety of natural compounds that are suitable for treating the hair. The herb can be added to shampoos or conditioners to help treat dandruff or simply to add strength and sheen to the hair.
Preparation: Put a teaspoon of coltsfoot into a 200ml cup of boiled water.Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes.Strain and drink a cup three times per day, after meals.
Precaution: Do not exceed 10g a day when taking Coltsfoot as a tea. Not recommended for children and infants. Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use if you suffer from heart disease, liver disease or high blood pressure.
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Also known as coughwort, and horsehoof, coltsfoot is an herb known scientifically as Tussilago farfara. Coltsfoot belongs to the daisy family and has traditionally been used mainly to treat respiratory conditions. The benefits of coltsfoot tincture include treating asthma, bronchitis, influenza, laryngitis and lung congestion but also extend to skin and hair care.
Named because the shape of the leaves resembles a horse’s foot, this herb is indigenous to Europe and some parts of Asia. Being one of the earliest blooming Spring flowers, coltsfoot has gained the name Filius ante patrem – or ‘son before the father’. This is also because the leaves only appear after the blooms have faded.
Coltsfoot is often mistaken for dandelion because of the similarity of the flowers which have a striking resemblance to each other. The herb also has a similar character to the dandelion being considered a weed and growing by roadsides, in waste land, hedgerows and meadows.
The two traditions that have highly regarded this herb are Western Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both prescribe the herb as a remedy for sore throats and coughs. Even the Latin name for Coltsfoot has derived from its traditional usage with Tussil meaning ‘cough’ and ago meaning ‘depart’.
Apparently in 18th century France every well respected apothecary used a picture of the Coltsfoot flower as a symbol of their trade; this shows the popularity of the herb during this time in Europe.
The reason that coltsfoot has such a long history of use in medicine is the presence of various medicinal compounds. The herb contains a mucilage compounds, tannins, carotenoids, flavonoids and terpene alcohols. According to studies, the herb contains mucilage at a concentration of around 8% while it also yields certain sugars such as fructose, glucose and galactose.