Since ancient Greece and Rome, coltsfoot has been used to treat coughs and bronchial congestion. In Paris, apothecaries once painted coltsfoot flowers on their doorposts. Throughout modern Europe and China, a tea made from the dried leaves and flower heads remains a popular remedy for chest ailments. The flavonoids in coltsfoot have an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect, which eases spasms in the lungs during asthma and bronchitis, allowing easier breathing. The polysaccharides in coltsfoot provide additional anti-inflammatory benefits, and assist in calming irritated lung tissue while acting as an expectorant for excess phlegm and mucous.
Also known by the common name "Son Before Father" coltsfoot blossoms, one of the very-earliest flowers of the mountain spring, emerge and fade before the hoof-shaped leaves, which remain all summer.
Not for use while pregnant or nursing or for those with serious liver conditions.
Directions: Place a measuring teaspoon of tea in a tea strainer or loose in an eight-ounce cup. Add boiling water and steep for at least 10 minutes. Makes approximately 20 cups of tea.
Packaged in a classic recycled aluminum tin.
Net weight 0.75 ounce.
Note: Herbal data is provided for educational purposes only and has not been approved by the FDA.