Tusilago, for its expectorant and pectoral benefits, is an anti-inflammatory herb interesting as being useful in case of cough, bronchitis, asthma or any respiratory disease. It also provides benefits diuretics.
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The dried leaves of tusilago can be used, rolled or chopped, to make cigarettes and smoked. It's a good way to start a detoxification of nicotine, because at the same time we snuff, could benefit from the invigorating effects of the plant. The Latin word agere tussis cough scare means. We can therefore say that the cough scares tusilago. Moreover, our plant is called in Greek becltion (pronounced "bequíon"), and as fighting coughs, the Spanish language has inherited this meaning and calls "bequico" any compound acting cough. Thus, the coltsfoot exerts its action on the respiratory healing. It is a small perennial plant (lives several years), between 10 and 30 cm in height. He lives in central Europe, but comes to the mountains of South America. It develops in clay or limestone but humid, with rivers and lakes, or in the bends of the roads where rainwater collects in the valleys and on top of the mountains, up to 2,500 m. As we said, is the quintessential bequice plant, but also to eliminate the cough, useful in other respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis also sudorific. The tusilago is expectorant for its high content of mucilage. It is used in respiratory disorders, bronchitis, tracheitis, colds, pharyngitis, laryngitis or tracheitis with irritative cough, bronchitis, asthma, emphysema. Shown as an antispasmodic in coughing and is a constituent of many herbal teas pecs. It also provides benefits diuretics. The best antitussive is an infusion of 50 grams of leaves or flowers per liter of water and take three cups a day, filtering and heating the liquid each time, but without removing the flower heads of the container. Every day a new infusion is prepared. Asthma (or leave the snuff).
Although its alkaloid content is very low (less than 50 ppm), avoid use during pregnancy, lactation, liver failure, viral hepatitis or liver cirrhosis. It is advisable not to use in prolonged treatment.