A study using laboratory animals showed the herb increases the activity of the microscopic hairs in the breathing tubes that moves mucus out of the respiratory tract.
Another experiment shows that coltsfoot suppresses a substance in the body that is involved in triggering asthma attacks. All indications of the health benefits of herbs.
Although, contemporary herbalist recommend coltsfoot for respiratory problems. Some say poultices of the fresh, bruised leaves may be applied to burns, swellings, and inflammations.
The discovery of hazardous substances in coltsfoot spurred several authorities to condemn the herb as dangerous, even carcinogenic. But, in Germany where herbal medicine is more mainstream, it continues to be widely prescribed and physicians consider short term use to be safe.
Herb conservatives in this country recommend slippery elm as a safe herb to calm coughs.
In European countries where coltsfoot is routinely used, the herb is taken as an infusion or tincture. The taste of this herb is somewhat bitter and is often taken with a bit of honey.
The FDA list this medicinal plant as an herb of undefined safety. As with all herbal nutrition supplements, coltsfoot supplement should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Caoutchouc, volatile oils, pectin, resin, tannins, calcium, potassium, sulfur and vitamin C.
Coltsfoot is among one of the first wild flowers to bloom in the spring. The flowers out reach it leaves. But the plants hoof shaped leaves do not appear until after the flowers have withered.
Coltsfoot is a low growing perennial, its flowers resemble marigolds. Its very easy to grow and can over run your garden, which makes it a perfect container plant.
Coltsfoot is best propagated from root cuttings planted in spring or fall. It likes moist, clay soil under full sun or partial shade. Flowers should be gathered in full bloom and dried. Leaves should be harvested when mature.
Other herbs with expectorant actions include angelica, black cohosh, camphor, chaparral, comfrey, garlic, ginseng, licorice, mullein, rosemary, saw palmetto, stinging nettle and thyme.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
A tincture is useful as a respiratory disinfectant, expectorant and cough suppressant in a wide variety of animals. Particularly useful in dogs with kennel cough.
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