COLTSFOOT

NAME : COLTSFOOT

GAELIC NAME : Sponnc 

LATIN NAME : Tussilago farfara.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : British tobacco Bullsfoot Butterbur Coughwort Flower Velure Foal's-foot Horse-foot Horsehoof Pas d'ane (French).

MEDICINAL PART : Leaves flowers.

PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland Europe East Indies U.S.  

HABITAT : Found in wet areas such as stream banks, in pastures, and on ridges or embankments, preferring loamy and limestone soils.

DESCRIPTION : Coltsfoot is a perennial plant. The creeping rootstock sends up first the downy white, scaly flowers stems topped by large yellow flowers, then the cordate, dentate leaves from whose shape the plant get its name. The leaves stand on long footstalks and are glabrous above and downy white beneath.

PROPERTIES : Astringent Demulcent Emollient Expectorant.

Uses: Made into a cough syrup soothes sore throats.  Was used to help any lung ailments such as bronchitis in the past.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Water
POWERS : Love Visions

CELTIC DEITIES: Angus Óg Medb Brigit

MAGICAL USES

Add to love sachets and use in spells of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions.

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