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Castilian: coltsfoot, Farfan, nail horse.

English: Coltsfoot, coughwort, horsefoot, ass's foot, fieldhove.

INTRODUCTION: The dried leaves of coltsfoot can be used, wound or chopped, to make cigarettes and smoked. It is a good way to start a cure for detoxification of nicotine, as the couple who left the snuff, we could benefit from the invigorating effects of the plant.

The Latin word means tussis cough and Agere crowd. Therefore, we can say that repels coltsfoot cough. Moreover, our plant is called in Greek becltion (pronounced "bequíon") and as fighting coughs, the Spanish language has inherited this sense, and called "béquico" any compounds that act against coughs. As for Farfan, comes from the Latin far Faroese carrying flour and, alluding to the leaves, whose bottom is covered with a dense white hairs. Thus, the coltsfoot exerts its curative action on the respiratory system.

FEATURES: It is a small perennial plant (live several years) between 10 and 30 cm in height. The stem, underground (called rhizome) develops fine roots into the soil, while emerging to the surface are covered with scales several pins that culminate in a chapter floral (a daisy - like flower with a central rosette surrounded by many petals) Without leaves. They are formed later, directly from the rhizome, all from the same point, with a long petiole grooved, and the blade (the flat surface of the road) heart - shaped, with jagged edges, green for the upper and white on the bottom, this coated with a thick layer of villi. This feature of the flower to appear before the leaves, earned him during the middle ages the right to be called before patrem Filius, the child's father before that. The flowers are completely yellow, fruits carry some filaments that facilitate the spread by the wind. It was very well known with The farfara names of foot and horseback.

LOCATION: Live in the heart of Europe, although up to the mountains of the southern continent. It takes place on land or calcareous clay but wet, with Rivers and Lakes, or The Recode The roads where rain water accumulates in the valleys and high in the mountains, until The 2, 500 m.

ACTIVE: The flowers have a heart, fatty acids, tannins, while in sheets, moreover, is a bitter glucoside mucilage.

Medicinal properties: As we said, the plant is béquica par excellence, though, in addition to eliminating coughs, is useful in other disorders of the respiratory, bronchitis and asthma as well sudorific is.

COLLECTION: The first cut flowers in late winter are taken as soon begin to open up and be desecan quickly, in the shade, then stored in airtight jars.

The leaves are harvested later, when it cut the rhizome The flowers have not yet developed the will, and this will not happen until spring. Are drying and are stored eat flowers.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: The best antitussive: an infusion of 50 grams of leaves or flowers per liter of Aguayo will take three cups a day, filtering the liquid and heating it every time, but without removing the flower heads of the container. Every day is preparing a fresh infusion. Against Asthma (or to leave snuff)

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