Comfrey is a powerful healing plant. It has been in use for thousands of years. Known as the bone-knitter, it has been used to treat external injuries to internal illnesses. It has amazing qualities to heal skin conditions ranging from bug bites and rashes, to sprains and broken bones! Comfrey helps to promote healthy cell growth and can help the body heal much faster than on its own. It’s antiseptic qualities can even help protect against infection, making it useful as a salve or poultice. It’s no wonder the Romans respected this powerful plant so much, even naming it Symphytum, which means “to make grow together” in Greek. Internally Comfrey was traditionally used to treat intestinal ulcers, upper respiratory illness, and boost the immune system. In the 1600s in Europe Comfrey was a popular herb to grow, being used in washes and baths, and even as feed for hungry farm animals.
Comfrey has gotten somewhat of a bad rep in recent years, internal use being banned by the FDA. The presence of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids was discovered, and test results found them to cause possible liver damage. These scientific studies consisted of making Comfrey 30% of the lab animals’ diets for 600 days. After the test it was found the animals had liver damage and possible cancerous cell growth. While not a direct reflection of common traditional use and dosage of Comfrey in humans, and with no evidence of such occurrences in humans that have used it for years, the FDA has nonetheless prohibited the internal use of this herb.
Comfrey is no less a powerful herb despite these claims. We should not ignore this wonderful gift of mother nature, for its use in healing our skin is very great indeed! We are grateful to offer this herb a healing place in your life!
Health Benefits/Possible Medicinal Uses of Comfrey:
Knit-Bone:Comfrey can help heal sprains, bruises, cuts, skin irritations and even broken bones if used in a salve, poultice, tea, balm or ointment and applied directly to the effected area. As a wash a decoction can be made with Comfrey; this wash with astringent, and antibiotic properties can be used to clean the skin and help promote healing in wounds and broken bones.
Teas: Traditionally, Comfrey was used in teas to treat coughs, upper respiratory infections, to boost the immune system, sooth stomach aches and ulcers, and as a diuretic.
Tea: A tea can be brewed of Comfrey and applied to the skin to treat sore muscles, rashes, bug bites, burns, cuts, and bruises!
Ointment Recipe: Add 2 cups of dried leaf to olive oil and gently simmer until the leaves are softened(about 10 to 15 minutes). Cool and strain. Put the Comfrey oil in a double boiler with 2 or three table spoons of beeswax. Heat slowly stirring constantly until wax is melted. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent, and pour into a jar. Store this ointment in a cool dark area. Use within a couple of months and discard if mold appears. This ointment can be used like the tea to treat skin ailments and irritations.
Side Effects and Precautions:
There are no known side effects of Comfrey, however; the internal use has been banned by the FDA as being possibly harmful to the liver.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. ***