"When our meadows and hills show no sign of spring and the eye just barely notices the swelling of the willow-catkins, the Coltsfoot is the first to appear, sending forth its stalk with the yellow flower." - Maria Treben, Pioneer of Herbal Medicine
Coltsfoot grows along gravel roadways, embankments, and wastelands in poor soil conditions. For centuries, people have used this plant in treating bronchitis and whooping cough. When foraging for medicinal purposes, plant identification is key. The horseshoe-shaped leaves of Coltsfoot, hence the name, is unlike the saw-tooth Dandelion leaf although their flowers may appear similar at first glance.
To help sooth a sore throat, relieve a cough, or clear a raspy voice, the Coltsfoot flowers are steeped as a tea. While sipping the tea, the hot steam is inhaled to open nasal passages. A twenty-minute relaxing foot bath of warm water infused with Coltsfoot leaf brings added comfort and relief. See directions for these herbal infusions below.
herbal infusions for coltsfoot
1 Heaping Tablespoon of Flowers (Fill a Tea Ball)
1 Cup of Hot Water
Infuse 10 Minutes. Sweeten with Honey.
Take 1 Cup, three times daily
1 Heaping Tablespoon of Flowers
1 Quart of Boiling Water
Infuse & Inhale the steam under a towel.
COLTSFOOT FOOT BATH
1 Handful of Flowers and Leaves
1 to 2 Gallons Warm Water
Infuse five minutes.
Bathe feet 20 minutes until the water cools.
The dainty Coltsfoot are the first flowers to be gathered in spring.
Both the leaves and flowers are dried to use in winter remedies.
And so, another foraging season begins.
Happy gathering to all,