The arrival of spring makes me want to tell you about a flower that is often seen, but rather unknown: coltsfoot Tussilago farfara, (common name: pas-d'âne).
In early spring, when no other flowers have come out, surely you have seen small tillers of yellow flowers lining the ditches? They strongly resemble the flowers of the dandelion but they appear long before it. This flower is that of coltsfoot. When this plant pops up, it's to announce spring to us!
This first yellow flower has many medicinal properties. More specifically, it is known to fight coughs. It has been used for 2000 years as a cough suppressant, that is to say that it is effective! It also acts against sore throats and colds since it is emollient and expectorant.
It can be prepared by infusion with flowers (or leaves) that are harvested fresh. It can also be turned into liquid concentrate for use throughout the year.
The leaves can also be used externally by applying fresh on wounds difficult to heal, burns or sprains.
At this time of year, with the temperature changes, we notice that many people tend to catch a disturbing dry cough. By taking 1 cup of this tea morning and evening, the cough is calm and the spasms subside to find the well-being.
It is exclusively as a result of its flowering that the coltsfoot will form its large leaves resembling the footprints of a donkey's hoof (origin of its common name). His leaf even served as a sign to apothecaries of the past. We can see the importance that was given to this medicinal plant!
Hoping that you liked this little capsule!
Valérie Pelletier, accredited naturopathic herbalist
NB: It is very important and essential to consult a doctor before treating all forms of cough. Consult an herbalist (or other health specialist) to properly identify medicinal plants before harvesting or using them.