Coltfoot is a one of my favourite herbs for several reasons:
• It used to be the shop sign of the herbalist in medieval times, like striped poles were to barbers and golden balls were to pawnbrokers.
• It is one of the first flowers to appear in Spring bringing cheery yellow to a still wintry landscape.
For medicinal purposes with a cough or a sore throat you can make a tea from the leaves, but you can also make coltsfoot flower honey – soothing, tasty and popular with children!
Very simply: Snip the flowers with stem attached with scissors on a sunny morning.
Fill a clean (sterilised) jam jar to the top with flowers and stems.