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COLTSFOOT

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dscn0610

 

Coltsfoot, "Britsh Tobacco", is flowering well on the Rochdale Canal ... and soon will get it's leaves. A great time to pick and dry your own ... or you can purchase both leaves and flowers from The Herb Boat ( Flowers 15g for £1 or Leaves 20g for £1 p&p £1.50) 

Coltfoot has long been regarded as nature's best cough remedy. Taken either as a tea, or, bizarrely, smoked, it has expectorant properties and has been used to treat asthma and bronchitis. Coltsfoot forms the basis of many commercial cough mixtures and herbal "tobacco substitutes". The Herb Boat "English Haze" herb blend combines Coltsfoot leaves wth other native herbs, like Mugwort, Elderflowers, Mullein, that have been smoked, and a smidgeon of honey. These can be drunk as a tea because smoking is blatently bad for you. Contact me for a full stock list until I finish virtually filling the virtual shop.

Used externally, it is said to sooth skin irritations like eczema and insect bites. Magically, it is used in love and tranquility spells.

It is an unusual plant in that it flowers before the leaves appear. 

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TTFN 

Bunny

The legal stuff .... please read my statement on the Medical Use of Herbs and Spices.