Coltsfoot: One of the four best herbs to protect us and our lungs as we enter this flu season! 

Over the course of my next four blogs, I will be sharing information about four of the best herbs to help protect your body — and especially your lungs — as we enter this flu season.

Today we discuss: COLTSFOOT (Tussilago farfara)

 

Coltsfoot has always been regarded as one the best herb for the LUNGS – there seems to be no pharmaceutical alternative. Tussilago is actually Latin for ‘COUGH DISPELLER.’

 

Traditionally, the dried leaves of Coltsfoot were used on cooking fires to prevent tuberculosis. In the 19th century, smokers were known to blend Coltsfoot with their tobacco for its beneficial effects on the lungs. Ancient Greek physicians recommended the smoking of Coltsfoot for COUGHS and asthma.

 

Unfortunately Coltsfoot nowadays is restricted to smoking only for its LUNG CLEANSING action.

 

Coltsfoot as a tea, although not allowed in Australia, is also immediately specific for stopping COUGHS and getting rid of CONGESTION in the lungs.

 

Chewing on a ‘quid’ of Coltsfoot is also excellent for SORE THROATS and laryngitis.

 

In fact you could use this method to kill most common FLU VIRUSES as more than 90% of these viruses attack our bodies via our warm, moist throats.

As soon as you feel that ‘tickle’ in your throat use Coltsfoot, preferably along with drops of PROPOLIS (a natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial compound that bees use to protect their ba-bees in the hive).

 

Coltsfoot has always been regarded as the best herb for the LUNGS – there seems to be no pharmaceutical alternative.

Medicinal Uses of Coltsfoot:

Applied externally for chronic sores, wounds, insect bites and stings, swellings, piles and earaches

ASTHMA

Baldness (external)

Bronchitis

Colds, chills

COUGHS

Diarrhoea

Emphysema

EXPECTORANT

Fevers

HARM REDUCTION OF SMOKING

Hoarseness

Inflammation

Laryngitis (chew)

LUNG PROBLEMS

MUCUS

Nausea

Pleurisy

Pneumonia

SEDATES COUGH REFLEX

Shortness of breath

SORE THROAT (chew)

Tuberculosis

Wheezing

WHOOPING COUGH

Precautions:

It is restricted for ingestion because it is said that if one drinks the tea daily, over the course of a year there may be a toxic build up of zinc. Best to not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Always contact your doctor before using any herbs, especially if you have any preexisting conditions or are currently taking any medications.

Stay tuned for my next blog about another great herb to help optimise your lung health!

Love,

Ray

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