Colt’s Foot


Colt's Foot

Colt’s Foot (Tussilago farfara)

A native to the UK, Colt’s Foot is a member of the daisy family.  It is unusual in that it flowers before it produces leaves.  We often find it growing alongside tracks near to our ancient woodland camp on disturbed and waste ground, although we’ve also found it along the coast.

Property : Mucilaginous, Astringent

Constituent : Flavonoids, Mucilage, Tannins, Alkaloids

Action : Expectorant, Anti-spasmodic, Demulcent, Anti tussive

Indication : Mild asthma, Bronchitis, Coughs

A common treatment for coughs and bronchial infections, Colt’s Foot has also been used to treat laryngitis.  As a poultice it has been used for eczema and sores.

Caution due to pyrrolizidine alkaloid content this herb should only be used under professional guidance.  Only use for 6 weeks in a year.   Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding or give to children; there are documented cases of children suffering liver damage after consuming Colt’s Foot tea.

If you’re interested in wild plants, take a look at our Herbal Remedies course. You can see photos from previous courses on our Facebook page.


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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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