Comfrey Medicinal Uses and Benefits

Looking for medicinal herbs to aid in wound and pain care? Comfrey can easily be grown in your home garden. This herb grows like a weed in many areas. It is known as a knit bone, boneset, and slippery root. Comfrey is a great first-aid herb to have on hand.

Identification

Comfrey is a perennial herb with long lance-like leaves, each 12 to 18 inches long. The hairy leaves grow from a central crown on the ends of the short stem. The plant reaches 2 to 5 feet in height and spread to over 3 feet in diameter. It can be propagated from cuttings but it is not invasive once planted. The flowers begin as a blue to purple bell, fading to pink. The leaves can be used to make a medicinal tea or gargle.

Medicinal Use

This herb is a valuable remedy that accelerates the healing of the skin and wounds. A compress of the roots and leaves can be applied directly to the skin or made into a salve. It inhibits the growth of bacteria, helping to prevent infections and minimizes scarring. It is mucilage and contains the compound allantoin, which boosts cell growth and repair. Comfrey tea is best used to alleviate stomach pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, bloody urine breathing problems, cancer, and chest pain. It can also be gargled to treat gum disease or sore throat.

Sprains, Bruises and Breaks

Comfrey salve or comfrey compresses are one of the best remedies for sprains, strains, bruised muscles and joints, and fractured ones. The herb speeds up the healing while increasing the saver or a poultice made from crushed comfrey root, up to 4 times a day.

Minor Skin Injuries, Burns, Rashes and Wounds

One of the best uses for comfrey is in healing minor injuries to the skin. Rashes, eczema, burns, and skin wounds heal quickly when the herb is applied. Leaves and roots can be used for this application. Apply Comfrey salve 3 times a day or use bruised leaves or crushed roots to make a poultice for the damaged skin. You can use comfrey tea or comfrey root decoration as a wash for the area, especially for rashes, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. DO NOT use for deep wounds or punter wounds as it heals them too quickly, blocking infection.

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Harvesting

Leaves are best harvested in the spring or early summer, before the plant blooms. They can be harvested in serval cuttings and dried for later use. The roots can be dug at any time as needed. Leave behind part of the roots to encourage continued growth and an additional crop the next year.

Warnings

Harmful toxins in comfrey are believed to cause liver damage, lung damage, or cancer when used in highly concentrated doses. For this reason, many healers do not recommend internal use of comfrey. However, small doses have been used safely in herbal medicines for hundreds of years with no reported ill effects. Use internally with caution or under care.

It is recommended that bone fractures and bone breaks are properly set before using it. Do not use id you have liver disease or any liver problems. Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Genesis 3:18

Every moving thing that lives there shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Alyssa Esparza

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