- Comfrey contains allantoin which promotes the growth of new cells
- Can be used for a variety of external conditions including ulcers, wounds, joint inflammation, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen veins, gout, and fractures
- The safety of taking Comfrey internally is doubted by some herbalists but it has been used for bronchial problems and as an aid to digestion
Comfrey’s Latin name Symphytum derives form the Greek word symphis means the ‘growing together’ and Comfrey’s fame as a wound healer has remained since the Greeks used Comfrey on the ancient battlefields to encourage torn flesh to bind back together. Nicholas Culpeper, the seventeenth century herbalist, prescribed Comfrey for ‘outward wounds and sores’ and ‘ruptures and broken bones’. When boiled in water, comfrey, also known as ‘boneset’, produces a sticky paste that hardens when dried making a primitive cast.
Latin name: Symphytum spp.
Type: Organic, Dried Leaves
£2.95 – £4.95
Use one of the many ointments, salves, creams or ointments HOW TO MAKE A SALVE To use Comfrey on a wound, scrape or bruise, sprinkle dried powdered leaf or root or a paste of powdered leaves HOW TO MAKE A POULTICE
- Comfrey has previously been linked with harmful effects on the liver when taken in large amounts internally over a long period of time. Studies have linked Comfrey use to veno-occlusive disease (VOD) but it is thought that this connection is linked only to very large, repeated internal doses of root Comfrey. If taking internally as an infusion only take occasionally, for a short period
- Wash any open wound thoroughly before applying
- Do not use Confrey if you suffer from any conditions of the liver, alcoholism or cancer
- Do not give Comfrey to any child under two years old
- Do not use while pregnant or nursing