Coltsfoot a spring herb
(Tussilago farfara) another beautiful flower for my salad
Every day brings a new delicious and beautiful addition to my kitchen. Today it is a coltsfoot flower. The leaves will come much later. Now I have two edible flowers for decoration: the daisy and the coltsfoot.
Both are very good herbs. Coltsfoot has been used for ages in folk medicine for coughs, for dissolving mucus, for colds, flu and fever. Modern research added that it is good for decreasing inflammation, promoting brain health, and treating chronic coughing.
The research has also shown that it contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which may damage liver. However, as already said by Paracelsus in the 16th century: “The dose makes the poison”. Thus a cup or two for cough not longer than a week or lovely flowers on salad or in soup will do no harm. But! I apply this rule only to healthy people. I am enjoying my first coltsfoot blossoms.
Do not take it if you are pregnant or nursing and I would not give it to small children.
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