The arrival of spring makes me want to talk to you about a flower often seen, but rather unknown: the coltsfoot Tussilago farfara, (name commum: pas-d'âne).
In the early spring, when no other flower has come out, you have surely seen small tillers of yellow flowers lining the ditches? They look very much like dandelion flowers but they appear well before him. This flower is that of the coltsfoot. When this plant shows the tip of the nose, it is to announce spring!
This first yellow flower has many medicinal virtues. In particular, it is known to counter cough.On use since 2000 years as antitussive, it is to say that it is effective! It also works 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 any form of cough. Consult an herbalist (or other health specialist) to identify the medicinal plants before harvesting or using them.