On my latest trip to the co-op I decided on an herb that smelled good and seemed like it would make a soothing tea.
So, what looks like a dandelion but is named after the hooves of a baby horse? The cute little herb Coltsfoot! You may see these flowers growing in open fields or wooded areas while hiking and mistake them for the more common dandelion and they are quite similar - but looking at their leaves you will see that coltsfoot has heart-shaped leaves and the dandelion long, thin very toothed leaves (which pet rabbits love to eat like spaghetti by the way but that is a whole other story).
Many people have been known to eat dandelions, but more often coltsfoot is used as an herbal decongestant to combat phelgm and relieve coughing and even bronchitis. The above-ground
portion of the herb: flowers, leaves, stalk,can be dried and steeped as tea, which is how I plan to use the herb that I purchased from our co-op this weekend.
You can make a tincture from coltsfoot by chopping it and placing it in a jar, then covering it with vodka. Steep for 6 weeks, strain leftover plant matter and save the liquid. That is your tincture!
From my Encyclopedia of Magical Plants I also found that coltsfoot is relaxing when burned as an incense, producing a sense of calm and peace. For love, people would sprinkle a bit of dried coltsfoot outside their home to attract a mate.