Expectorant used for coughs, colds, respiratory conditions, sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, bladder inflammation and much more.
Coltsfoot is known primarily for its effect on the respiratory system. It is expectorant, demulcent, and antispasmodic. The leaves, flowers, and root will act to soothe inflamed respiratory membranes, aiding in the expectoration of mucus and helping to calm a cough. These actions make it a useful remedy in asthma or bronchitis, as well as in common coughs or colds. It can also be used in chronic emphysema to help soothe irritated membranes. Coltsfoot's demulcent action makes it useful in treating sore throats. Native Americans smoked the dried plant for asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough. The dried plant was used traditionally as a base for cough drops or lozenges.
Coltsfoot is also diuretic, and it can be used in mild bladder inflammations where it will help ease the passage of urine and soothe inflamed membranes. Externally, coltsfoot is emollient, working to soothe skin on contact, and the fresh, crushed leaves can be used as a poultice to help in healing damaged skin.
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