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| CONTAINS PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOIDS which are also present in Comfrey.|
These alkaloids are of some concern due to the potential for liver damage.
Internal use of these herbs is not currently recommended.
NOT TO BE TAKEN when liver disease or alcohol abuse is present!
DO NOT MIX WITH MEDICATIONS!
NOT FOR PROLONGED USE!
NOT when PREGNANT or NURSING!
Not with heavy mucosal congestion.
Native to Europe, but naturalized in the United States as well as northern Asia and northern Africa, this is an unusual, stoloniferous perennial weed which sends up its solitary, yellow composite FLOWERS (with numerous reddish bracts) before the leaves appear; disk flowers are bisexual, but sterile; ray flowers are fertile; flowers open when sunny, closing up when overcast or dark. STEMS are scaly. LEAVES are hoof-shaped on long stalks about 4 inches across, thus giving it its common name; leaves have angular toothed margins; when young they are covered with white downy hair. The ROOT is small, white and spreads easily. SEEDS are linear achenes with a pappus of white hair. Is usually found in clay type soils. It tends to be invasive and is not recommended for the home garden. Its scientific name (tussilago) means 'cough dispeller'.Astrologically ruled by Venus §
PLANT CONTAINS: Mucilage, tannin, bitter glucosides, phytosterols, sitosterol (anticancer compound), dihydride alcohol, faradial, zinc, inulin, rutin, hyperoside, isoquercetin, polysaccharides, pyrolizidine alkaloids, essential oil, potassium, calcium salts, sulphur, iron phosphate, natural sugars, high organic content.
|PROPAGATION||By SEED (germination takes 1 to 2 weeks at 60 to 70ºF in rich, moisture-retentive loam with a pH 4.5 to 7.5 in sun to part shade);|
by DIVISION or ROOT CUTTINGS after flowering.
|NEEDS||Perennial to Zone 2; invasive; not recommended for the home garden.|
|PART USED||Leaves, flowers, root; parts are usually dried with the exception of use in a poultice.|
|HARVEST||FLOWERS as soon as they open; LEAVES when they reach full size.|
|SOLVENT||Water, Diluted alcohol|
|FORM||Infusion, decoction, juice, tincture, cream, poultice, compress.|