Bulk Comfrey Leaf Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

Symphytum officinale
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[ 2011 ]Symphytum officinale

Comfrey Leaf Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Comfrey is a perennial herb related to forget-me-not and borage. Also known as Bruisewort and Knitbone, comfrey has earned an entry in every Materia Medica written since the 15th century, although it's been in use for much longer.

Due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, comfrey leaf is limited to topical uses today but should not be applied to open wounds.

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approximate cups to one pound15
active compoundsAllantoin, phenolic acids, asparagine, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, triterpenoids
plant part usedleaf
processingcut & sifted

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general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a container with a tight-fitting lid away from light and heat.
appearance & aromaLeafy with a mild, grass-like scent.


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cosmeticUse to make infusions and infused oils to produce soaps, shampoos, lotions, ointments and salves.
industrialComfrey is a source of allantoin, a compound used in the cosmetics industry.
safetyAvoid using on broken skin.

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Comfrey, also called boneset, bruisewort and radix consolidate, is a flowering perennial original to Eurasia and now distributed throughout temperate zones in North America. Although the plant is considered an invasive weed by some, it is also grown as an ornamental due to its drooping, bell-shaped flowers that range in color from yellow to red or violet.

In Japan, comfrey has been cultivated as a vegetable for more than 2,000 years. The plant also has a long history of use in Asia and Europe as a topical anti-inflammatory agent, usually prepared as a poultice. However, because the leaf and root contain several hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids, the internal use of this herb is limited to homeopathic formulations.

Background: Comfrey has been used to treat respiratory problems of pleurisy and bronchial inflammation. It was also once used to treat digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers. For thousands of years it has also been used to promote healing of injuries.

Research shows that some Comfrey Leaf and Root components are useful in cell repair and have anti-inflammatory effects.

While the comfrey plant has its roots in Europe, it grows in many areas of the world. North America, Australia, and Asia are all places where comfrey is found. It thrives in moist places.


Comfrey is used to aid in healing and reduce inflammation of injuries and infections.

Healing: Comfrey root is used to promote healing of injuries such as broken bones, sprains, bruises, and strains.

Skin: Comfrey, in oil or ointment form, is useful in treating skin conditions. Acne, psoriasis, and boils are all improved by comfrey. It also reduces scar tissue during healing.

Description: Comfrey is a perennial plant that grows up to three feet high. It has bell-shaped flowers that are pink or white. The root and aerial parts are all rich in anti-inflammatory chemicals. The leave and flowers are harvested in the summer and the roots are harvested in the fall.

Comfrey Leaf and Root Dosage: Comfrey compresses can be placed on injuries to reduce the severity of the problem and speed up healing. Infused oil or ointment can be used for this purpose.

Tincture of the root can be applied to acne to reduce spots.

Safety: Comfrey root should not be used on dirty wounds because it can trap dirt. Make sure to apply to clean areas only. It should not be taken internally unless supervised by a health professional.

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