Comfrey
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Symphytum officinale
plant overview
comforting comfrey

Comfrey, also called bruisewort, knitbone and slippery root, is a member of the borage family that is native to Asia and Europe. Although this herb has a long history of use internally, it is no longer permitted in products sold in the U.S. or Europe that are intended to be ingested. The herb is still used to make salves, ointments and poultices for topical use because of the high degree of mucilage present in the leaf.

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Comfrey

01.
A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information about comfrey

description
Symphytum officinale is a perennial flowering plant of the family Boraginaceae. The leafy stem, 2 to 3 feet high, is stout, angular and hollow, broadly winged at the top and covered with bristly hairs. The lower, radical leaves are very large, up to 10 inches long, ovate in shape and covered with rough hairs which promote itching when touched. The stem-leaves are decurrent, i.e. a portion of them runs down the stem, the body of the leaf being continued beyond its base and point of attachment with the stem. They decrease in size the higher they grow up the stem, which is much branched above and terminated by one-sided clusters of drooping flowers, either creamy yellow, or purple, growing on short stalks.

These racemes of flowers are given off in pairs, and are what is known as scorpoid in form, the curve they always assume suggesting, as the word implies, the curve of a scorpion's tail, the flowers being all placed on one side of the stem, gradually tapering from the fully-expanded blossom to the final and almost imperceptible bud at the extremity of the curve, as in the Forget-Me-Not.

The corollas are bell-shaped, the calyx deeply five-cleft, narrow to lance-shaped, spreading, downier in the purple flowered type.

The fruit consists of four shining nutlets, perforated at the base, and adhering to the receptacle by their base. Comfrey is in bloom throughout the greater part of the summer, the first flowers opening at the end of April or early May.

common names & nomenclature
The name comfrey is from Anglo-Norman French cumfirie, based on Latin conferva, from confervere "heal", literally "boil together".

Also known as:
knitbone, knitback, slippery root, bruisewort, wallwort, boneset, common comfrey, quaker comfrey, cultivated comfrey, consound, slippery root, blackwort, yalluc, gum plant, consolida, ass ear

Comfrey, the comforting herb

02.
Where in the World

habitat and range for comfrey

Comfrey is native to Europe and it is known elsewhere, including North America, as an introduced species and sometimes a weed.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting comfrey

climate
Comfrey grows in damp, grassy places on river banks and ditches.

soil
Prefers a well-drained, rich fertile soil.

growing
Comfrey is easily grown by root divisions. Each piece can be replanted with the growing points just below the soil surface, and will quickly grow into new plants. When choosing plants to divide, ensure that they are strong healthy specimens with no signs of rust or mildew. When dividing comfrey plants, take care not to spread root fragments around, or dispose of on the compost heap, as each can re-root, and comfrey can be a very difficult plant to eradicate.

harvesting
Comfrey should not be harvested in its first season as it needs to become established. Comfrey should be harvested by using shears, a sickle, or a scythe to cut the plant about 2 inches above the ground, taking care handling due to potential skin irritation caused by fine hairs on leaves and stems.

preserving
Dry the leaves and root thoroughly, cut into smaller pieces or grind the root into powder. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

caution!
Take care when handling comfrey because the leaves and stems are covered in hairs that can irritate the skin. It is advisable to wear gloves when handling comfrey.

04.
The Rest of the Story

additional information

comfrey helps to heal cells
For many years comfrey has been used to treat respiratory problems. It’s not uncommon for people to use it for pleurisy and other lung infections. But comfrey can be used for many more conditions.

Research has shown that comfrey actually works on a cellular level to repair cells. This can help to heal an overall health condition. It will also stimulate the growth of new cells so that your body can replace dead and damaged cells with hard-working efficient ones. This may be why comfrey works so well at healing so many conditions.

For example, comfrey can help to heal just about any injury. If you have a broken bone or a sprain, you can use comfrey to help you heal faster. Comfrey can also be used to treat problems as minor as bruises and scrapes. You’ll find that using comfrey will shorten your healing time dramatically.

Most people use comfrey for injuries by applying a compress or ointment directly to the affected area. You can also use oil infused with the plant to treat injuries and problems. This should be used externally.

If you have acne, you may find that applying comfrey helps to heal your skin and give you the skin you’ve always wanted. For acne, you’ll want to use comfrey tincture and apply it directly to the blemishes.

And it doesn’t only work for acne. You can also use comfrey to treat boils and conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It will help the skin to heal and you’ll have relief from painful irritation. As with acne, you can apply the comfrey tincture directly to the affected area.

If you’ve had a serious cut or even if you’ve had surgery, you’ll find that comfrey can help reduce the look of your scar and help your incision to heal more quickly. It actually prevents the build up of scar tissue and allows your cells to heal rapidly. Comfrey will also reduce the inflammation of the area.

If you have problem skin, you’ll find that comfrey is a good solution for restoring healthy skin that’s soft and supple. If you’ve recently experienced an injury, you may find that comfrey can give you the help you need to heal quickly and get back on your feet.

It’s not a bad idea to keep comfrey in your cabinet so that you’ll have it for an emergency. No one ever plans a broken bone or a big blemish the night before an important event.

Lemon Verbena Bubble Bath
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena leaves
- 1 tablespoon dried sweet woodruff
- 1 tablespoon dried peppermint
- 1 tablespoon dried comfrey
- 5 tablespoons liquid castile soap
- 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel
- 8 drops of lemon verbena essential oil
- 1 teaspoon powdered unflavored gelatin

Infuse the water by mixing the lemon verbena, sweet woodruff, peppermint, and dried comfrey in the boiled water for 20 minutes. Strain in cheesecloth and discard herbs. Combine the castile soap, glycerin, witch hazel, and essential oil in a small bowl. Stir into the herbal-infused water. Add gelatin and stir until dissolved. When cool, pour the gel into a clean jar or squeeze bottle. To use, pour 1-2 tablespoons into running bath water. If you have "hard" water, use distilled water for this formula to keep unnecessary minerals out of the mix.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.