Anti-inflammatory medicinal plant used against cough and phlegm, it can be found mainly as an infusion (tea).


Portuguese name: tussilagem , Ass’s foot , horse’s
claw Binomial name: Tussilago farfara
French name: Tussilage
English name: Ass’s Foot
German name: Huflattich
Italian name: farfaro


Asteraceae (Asteraceae)


Mucilages, tannins, pyrrolizidine, flavonoids.

parts used

Dry leaves


Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, spasmolytic.

Indications of coughing

Internal use
Cough , phlegm, hoarseness

In external use
Dandruff (shampoo).

Secundary effects

Due to the  pyrrolizidine content (despite the low concentration in the plant), coltsfoot can be toxic to the liver if used frequently. As a safety measure, use it for a maximum of one month.


Pregnancy and breast-feeding (respect this contraindication)


We don’t know.

Colssilage-based preparations

– Coltsfoot infusion (coltsfoot tea)

Where does coltsfoot grow?

Coltsfoot grows in Europe. This plant has a height of 5 to 20 cm. Coltsfoot blooms in Europe from February to April, its flowers are yellow. This is a perennial plant, meaning it can live for several years.

In the Alps, coltsfoot can grow up to 1300m in altitude.


– Do not use this plant for more than a month. It contains small amounts of harmful substances (pyrrolizidine), which can be toxic to the liver in the long term. As a safety measure, we advise you to use other plants to fight your cough.

– The term Tussilago from the scientific name ( Tussilago farfara ) comes from tussis to cough and agere (ago) to act. That is, coughing “to act on the cough”.

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