The arrival of spring makes me want to talk to you about a flower often seen, but rather unknown: the coltsfoot (common name: pas-d'âne) Tussilago farfara.
In the early spring, when no other flowers have come out, you must have seen small tillers of yellow flowers lining the ditches? They look very much like dandelions, but they appear well before this one. This flower is actually called coltsfoot. When it comes to the tip of the nose, it is to announce the arrival of spring!
This first yellow flower has many medicinal properties, but is rather known for cough. In fact, it is used since 2000 years as antitussive, that is to say, it is effective! It also acts as a powerful emollient and expectorant, against sore throats and colds.
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, due to changes in temperature, we notice that many people tend to get 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 after its flowering that the coltsfoot will form its large leaves resembling the footprints of a donkey's hoof (hence the origin of its name). His leaf even served as a sign to the apothecaries of old, to demonstrate 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 any form of cough. Consult an herbalist (or other health specialist) to identify the medicinal plants before harvesting or using them.