For Sore Throats
One of the main uses both historically and in the present day of coltsfoot is to treat sore throats. It is considered effective because of the mucilage content of the herb which gives it a powerful demulcent effect. Burning the herb or inhaling its vapors steeped in boiling water is not recommended because the mucilage is expected to be destroyed by the heat.
As well as being used for sore throats, coltsfoot has also been used to deal with various related conditions including bronchitis, influenza, laryngitis, lung congestion and whooping cough. In many parts of Europe, coltsfoot is among the most popular herbal remedies for various chest and respiration ailments.
Coltsfoot is widely used to relieve inflammation both internally and externally. Several studies have indicated that the herb contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids and polysaccharides giving the herb potential applications against asthma and other inflammatory conditions.
As well as its anti-inflammatory abilities, coltsfoot also contains natural antioxidant properties which may help protect the skin and reverse the damage done by environmental free radicals. It can be applied topically to your skin and is an ingredient in a number of commercial cosmetic products.
According to many users, coltsfoot can work miracles on the skin, helping to rejuvenate the complexion and reducing the visibility of age marks and wrinkles.
Hair health and beauty
Coltsfoot contains a rich variety of natural compounds that are suitable for treating the hair. The herb can be added to shampoos or conditioners to help treat dandruff or simply to add strength and sheen to the hair.