Let’s learn about herbs………….Comfrey

Comfrey is a healing herb that stimulates the immune system. It is used for treating shallow wounds, scrapes, varicose veins, minor fractures, torn ligaments, muscle sprains, arthritis, burns, bruises, scars, bed sores, shingles, lung problems, itchy scalp, and hemorrhoids.

Comfrey is absorbed through the skin and greatly speeds up the healing process. It is used externally to encourage cell growth in connective tissues and underlying bones. Dried roots and leaves are made into ointments, poultices, compresses, and infused oils. Combined with thyme, lavender, or juniper essential oils , blood flow is increased and pain is relieved.

Comfrey ointment may be made by finely chopping two cups of comfrey leaves and adding to a cup of olive oil. Gently simmer until comfrey leaves are soft. Cool and strain. Put this “comfrey oil” in a double boiler with two or three tablespoons of beeswax. Heat slowly, stirring constantly, until wax is melted. Add a few drops of lavender or other favorite essential oil. Pour into a jar and store in a cool, dry location. Use within a couple of months and discard if mold appears.

Comfrey is also known as knit-bone or boneset since it can speed-up the healing of minor fractures. Use on toes, ribs, and other places where it is inappropriate to apply a cast. A paste is made of the leaves and applied regularly until healing is completed.

In the old days, dried comfrey root was ground into a powder and used to treat (and prevent) diaper rash. It was also applied as a poultice to the upper chest area in cases of asthma. The leaves were nibbled throughout the day to ward off asthma attacks.

Comfrey is a perennial that grows up to three foot tall, with brownish black, turnip-like roots. It has large, hairy leaves that measure about 20 inches long and feel rough to the touch. Comfrey flowers may be blue, lavender, pink, white, or creamy yellow.

Comfrey prefers full sun and rich, moist soil. It is a heavy feeder and does best when given a heavy application of manure. To increase plants, propagate from root cuttings or divisions.

Comfrey plants can live over twenty years so plant in a permanent location. To encourage more leaf production keep flower buds cut off. Comfrey is best when used in dried form. Avoid fresh, young leaves. Harvest during the flowering stage for best results (although the plant may be cut four or five time a year when grown for feed purposes).


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I am a Certified, licensed faith based counselor. By the end of the summer I plan to complete my Naturopath. So, I will be called Dr. Kelli ! LOL! This is so exciting!!! I love foraging, alternative methods of healing, essential oils and my family. I have a personal relationship with Jesus and it is by HIS grace that I am a cancer survivor. I have a great story to tell and I love to bless others with what Jesus has done for me. I am married, going through the struggles of marriage, have 5 children, all blessings from God with their own struggles. I am here for them and others as the Lord wills. I am the founder of Set Free Recovery a 501c3 organization that counsels those that seek to be free from drugs and alcohol.... If you would like my testimony, please contact me. I would be glad to share it with you. I am also available for speaking events. If you have one coming up, contact me to get on the schedule...
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