Botanical name

Tussilago farfara

Common Names



Compositae (Asteraceae)


Often found by the side of roads, this bright full-petalled flower is particularly distinctive. 

Part supplied

The dried leaf or flowers.

Food Use


Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Highly soothing, it works well on respiratory and urinary issues due to its demulcent and diuretic properties.

Key actions: Antispasmodic, expectorant, antitussive, demulcent, diuretic. 

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat coughs (irritating and whooping), asthma and bronchitis. 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.


Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb (2 to 4 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 2 to 4 ml (1:5 in 40% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

None known.



Coltsfoot should not be used for prolonged periods of time. 

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Asteraceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

Side effects

Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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Add to BagColtsfoot Flowers Dried 100g (Tussilago farfara flos) £7.00
Add to BagColtsfoot Flowers Dried 1kg (Tussilago farfara flos) £24.49
Add to BagTussilago farfara Coltsfoot leaf 100g £7.00
Add to BagTussilago farfara Coltsfoot leaf 1kg £45.25
Add to BagColtsfoot Compound 100ml £8.00
Add to BagColtsfoot Compound 500ml £19.00
Add to BagTussilago farfara Coltsfoot flowers tincture 100ml £5.42
Add to BagTussilago farfara Coltsfoot flowers tincture 500ml £17.29
Add to BagTussilago farfara Coltsfoot flowers tincture 1L £28.54
Add to BagColtsfoot Leaf Essence 100ml (Tussilago farfara fol) £5.41
Add to BagColtsfoot Leaf Essence 500ml (Tussilago farfara fol) £12.49
Add to BagColtsfoot Leaf Essence 1 litre (Tussilago farfara fol) £17.49

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