Comfrey was once commonly called Knit bone because of its amazing ability to heal broken bones and “knit” them back together again.
Comfrey is a very potent herb, it contains healing and pain relieving properties. One of my favorite applications is for burns, I like to use comfrey in a salve made from olive oil (or your preferred oil) infused with comfrey. I choose salve because of its convenience, I like to keep a jar close to the stove in my kitchen to treat burns quickly. I also like to combine comfrey with other healing herbs for a wound salve that we call Wonder Herbal Salve (can be found in our etsy store found above the page on the menu bar). Comfrey has also proven to be a wonderful moisturizer and skin soother ( I like to infuse it in my Natural Body Oil (coming soon to my etsy store) with some of my other favorite herbs for skin care and use as my moisturizer after my bath or shower.
Comfrey is part of the Borage family there are 35 species, known by the common name Comfrey. I like to use Russian Comfrey, a hybrid mix of Common Comfrey and Prickly Comfrey. Comfrey is so powerful in its healing /skin renewal properties I must caution using it on extremely deep wounds as it will cause surface healing to fast for the inner wound to keep up. I use it for burns, miner wounds, deep bruising, skin irritation (dry itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, ect.), I keep my Wonder Salve with comfrey in both my home first aid kit and my to go kit. With three active boys ( as well as a clumsy mom lol) and we do lots of active outdoor activities so I have learned to always be prepared! One of these day's I will have to do a post on what I keep in my natural first aid kit.
I would highly recommend Comfrey for every home apothecary garden, not only for its healing effects but also for its benefits for the garden ! It is a dynamic accumulator plant, meaning it cycles nutrients back into the soil. It being the highly prolific plant that it is (some say to the point of it being a nuisance) Comfrey will give you all the leaves you need for average use plus plenty (a mature comfrey plant will yield multiple cuttings per season) to make a green fertilizer for your vegetable garden, flower or even house plants! Comfrey leaves are also great to add to your compost as an activator and adds lots of nitrogen. Comfrey flowers are also very beneficial to pollinators and other beneficial bugs!
Liquid Comfrey Firtilizer:
Fill a five gallon Bucket 3/4 of the way full with comfrey
leaves, well packed, (put a rock over top to keep leaves
submerged) Cover with water and let steep in a sunny
spot for several weeks. when you are ready to use make
sure to dilute it 12:1-15:1 before applying to your plants.
Some people do take it internally but I do not because there have been study's where liver damage has occurred as well as warnings from the FDA. Some people have used comfrey as a fodder for livestock but I have not chanced it because of the many warnings about its internal use, although I did have a friend who used it with her livestock with no problems. I encourage you to proceed with caution if you have any plans of attempting internal use, I personally don't feel its worth the risk.
History of Comfrey:
I find it so exciting to learn the historical uses of herbs and find the "lost art" of herbal medicine highly beneficial. Comfrey has been grown for medicinal use since 400 BC. It was used by the Greeks and Romans to stop heavy bleeding, heal wounds, broken bones and treat bronchial problems. They used it in poultices for external wounds and in tea for internal ailments. Comfrey was brought to America by early settlers because of its importance in the home apothecary. Comfrey has also proven to be a wonderful moisturizer and skin soother ( I like to infuse it in my Natural Body Oil (coming soon to my etsy store) with some of my other favorite herbs for skin care and use as my moisturizer after my bath or shower.
I hope you gained some valuable knowledge on the comfrey plant! Enjoy the power of plants!!!!