Comfrey – (Symphytum officinale)

 

History tells us that Comfrey has been part of the natural healer’s ‘must have’ herbs dating back to at least 400 B.C..  The famous Greek physician Dioscorides prescribed it for many conditions including the healing of wounds (especially in cases of severe bleeding) and broken bones, and breathing issues.

Topically Comfrey has been used to treat symptoms of arthritis, to relieve the pain and speed healing of sunburns, and several other skin conditions.  A poultice can be made to sooth bruised or sprained parts of the body.  It is also used to treat symptoms of gout and for varicose veins. Overall Comfrey promotes quicker healing, so it gets added to many natural skin care creams and balms.

This herb is sometimes used as a gargle to sooth sore throat symptoms and symptoms of gum disease.

What makes Comfrey so successful is the high concentration of allantoin,  which naturally protects the skin.  It also contains protein, zinc, Vitamin B-12, saponins, mucilage, alkaloids, and many other beneficial components.

To make a poultice, first brew Comfrey as a tea.  Allow the steeped tea to cool before using.  Fold a cotton cloth into a square and soak it in the cooled tea before applying to damaged or burned skin.  Acne sufferers often use poultices to cleanse pores on the face.

As previously mentioned, Comfrey leaf contains alkaloids, which can be harmful to your health.  Exercise caution and moderation when taking this herb internally.

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