Comfrey, what is it you may ask. Let’s start there so you can get to know the plant and then end as always with the benefits.
Comfrey is a perennial flowering herb that grows in many states across North America. It goes by other names such as; boneset, bruisewort, knitbone and others. As you probably noticed the names also identify the healing properties.
Some people consider it a weed because of how it spreads and how hard it is to get rid of once you have it. However there are those of us that know the healing benefits it has and consider it a must as a herb in the field of home remedies or natural herbals.
Comfrey has been around since ancient Greece and has been claimed to have been used to aid wounded soldiers that fought for Alexander the Great.
It has a root system that can go down as deep as 10ft. However since the root system goes so deep it brings up wonderful and essential elements such as — magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous. These elements add greatly to your garden as the elements are stored in the leaves and when they die return to the earth and enrich the soil.
Comfrey needs to be kept in a border unless you don’t mind it spreading. Just remember once planted it is there to stay. The plant can grow up to 4ft tall and loves rich moist soil.
It is harvested in the Summer, so plant your seeds in the Spring or divide already established plants in the Fall.
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for.
- Acne or other skin problems such as eczema.
- Broken bones
- Reduces inflammation
- Diabetic sores
There are those who think you should not take comfrey internally because of pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are found in the stalk and a smaller amount in the leaves. Studies have shown this to be toxic to the liver. However some also say you would have to have a high amount for this to happen. I recommend doing your own research and make the best decision for you.
A couple of ways to use Comfrey:
- Make a tea by adding 1/4 cup dried comfrey leaves to 2 cups boiling water and let steep for about 20min. Take a clean cloth and soak it in the tea and apply to skin where minor burns, bruises and sprains are. You can also add the tea to your bath.
- There are soaps online you can buy which improve acne and restore the normal pH balance of the skin.
Now that you are more familiar with this wonderful plant I hope you give it a try and add it to your list of herbal remedies.
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