Also known as bullsfoot, foalswort and fieldhove, coltsfoot is a woolly plant in the aster family that is native to Europe, especially England. The large hoof-shaped leaves were once rolled in potassium nitrate (salt peter) and dried for use as tinder. Because the leaves have a high mucilage content, they are traditionally used to make poultices, salves and ointments.
Coltsfoot Leaf c/s, 1/4 lb
Coltsfoot received its name because the leaves of the plant resemble a colt's foot. The herb is also known as Horse Foot, Foalswort, Horsehoof, Bull's Foot, Ass's Foot and by several other names. Because the leaves and flowers contain mucilage, they are used to make infusions, washes and poultices to sooth minor skin irritations.