Wealth, prosperity, and love.
Use in love sachets.
Sacred to Brighid.
Use in spells for peace and tranquility.
Also Called: Coughwort, Hallfoot, Horsehoof, Foalswort, Fieldhove, Donnhove
An effective demulcent and expectorant herb, coltsfoot is one of the most popular European remedies for the treatment of a wide range of chest complaints.
Some caution should be employed in the use of this remedy – the flowers should not be used except under professional supervision, the leaves should not be used for more than 4 – 6 weeks at a time, the herb should not be taken whilst pregnant or breast-feeding and it should not be given to children under the age of six.
Modern research has shown that extracts of the whole plant can increase immune resistance.
The plant is antitussive, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, stimulant and tonic.
It is widely used in the treatment of coughs and respiratory problems and is often candied so that it can be sucked as a sweet.
The plant is of particular use in the treatment of chronic emphysema and silicosis, helping to relieve the persistent cough associated with these conditions.
A poultice of the flowers has a soothing effect on a range of skin disorders including eczema, ulcers, sores, bites and inflammations.
A bitter, tonic and diaphoretic preparation can be obtained from the root.