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Coltsfoot - Tussilago farfara (Compositae)
Description: Perennial herb with red downy stems that grows up to 12 in. Bears dandelion like flowers that open in early spring followed by sturdy long stemmed fragrant leaves around the base of the plant in late spring.
Uses: Use flowers before fully open fresh or dried in the shade, leaves in the summer fresh or cut up and dried in the shade. Leaves are used to treat coughing because of bronchitis and laryngitis, and is added to herbal smoking mixtures. Leaves and flowers may be applied to sores and ulcers in poultice. CAUTION: Roots not to be taken internally.
Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1.5 ounce of fresh herbs; pour the freshly boiled water over herbs in a pot, cover the pot and let the herbs steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 24 hours.
Tincture: A tincture is a good solution for long term treatment as will store for up to two years. 8 ounces of dried herb, 1.5 cups of alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear), and 4 cups of water; Chop your herbs up finely and put them in a glass jar with a good tight fitting lid. Pour the liquid over the herbs and tighten the lid. Keep the jar in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Shake the jar every two days. After the two weeks, strain the liquid off through cheesecloth into a clean colored glass jar and store away from heat and direct sunlight.