Coltsfoot, Tullisago farfara
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Coltsfoot grows wild over much of Europe, The name is derived from the horseshoe shaped leaves. It was so popular in Europe at one time that French pharmacists painted its flowers on their doorposts. It was brought to the American colonies with Europeans.
PARTS USED: Leaves, and sometimes the buds and flowers.
FUNCTION: and has been used traditionally to support healthy functions in the chest for hundreds of years. American colonists were known to wrap persons afflicted with whooping cough in blankets that had been soaked with a coltsfoot infusion. Coltsfoot contains mucilage and inulin.