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Folk Names: Ass’s Foot, British Tobacco, Bull’s Foot, Butterbur, Coughwort, Pas d’ane (French), Sponnc (Irish), Foal’s Foot
Powers: Visions, Love
Magickal Uses: Add to Love Sachets and Use in Spells of Peace & Tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause Visions.
- Bring a Sense of Peace
- Induce Visions
- Promote Tranquility
Coltsfoot grows abundantly throughout Europe, Asia, and much of North America. It is a Perennial with leaves shaped like a horse’s hoof. Early in the Spring, the tall, star-shaped yellow flowers appear long before the leaves do. When young, the leaves are covered with white fuzz that easily rubs off. Before matches were readily available, the fuzz was used as tinder for lighting fires.
How to Harness Coltsfoot’s Magickal Properties:
The dried Herb was known as English Tobacco and was often added to Shamanic smoking mixtures to facilitate Visions.
When burned as Incense, dried Coltsfoot promotes a feeling of Tranquility, Peace & Calm.
If you’re looking for Romance, sprinkle a small handful of the dried leaves around the outside of your home. They will help you Attract Love. You can also wear some in an amulet around your neck to attract a Relationship.
Coltsfoot has been used for Centuries to treat Coughs, Colds & Asthma. Smoking the dried leaves will suppress coughing and relieve the symptoms of Asthma & Bronchitis. A tea made from boiling 2 tablespoons of dried leaves in 1 quart of water until it is reduced to a pint and then sweetened with Honey is a wonderful treatment for all the symptoms of a Cold or Flu.
Parts Used: Leaves & Flowers
Actions: Relaxing Expectorant, Anticatarrhal, Demulcent
How to Use:
Poultice: Chop fresh leaves in a blender or food processor, spread on gauze, and use as a Poultice for Ulcers, Sores, & Other Slow Healing Wounds.
Syrup: Add 1 lb. of Honey or Sugar to 1 pint of a strained Infusion. Bring to a boil and then simmer gently for 5 – 10 mins. to form a Syrup. Use in 1 tsp. (5 ml.) for dry, unproductive, irritating coughs or asthma.
Tincture: Use 40 drops – 1 tsp. (2-5 ml.) of leaf Tincture 3 times daily for whooping cough or bronchitis.
Growing Coltsfoot –
Prefers moist neutral to alkaline soil in Sun or Partial Shade. Sow seeds in Spring in a prepared seed bed, or divide clumps after the flowers, which appear before the leaves, fade, or in Autumn as the leaves die down. Extremely Invasive.
Harvesting Coltsfoot –
Gather the Flowers as soon as they open and use Fresh or Dried; Collect the Leaves when fully grown in Summer.
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