Scientific: Symphytum officinale [WikiPedia]
Composition: Active constituents include rosmarinic acid, mucopolysaccharides, allantoin, and mucilage.
Appearance: Comfrey is a
robust plant with coarsely textured, broadly lance-shaped leaves that
may exceed a foot in length at the base of the plant and become
progressively smaller towards the top of the plant. The downy tubular
flowers are presented among the small upper leaves in drooping clusters
and are usually a shade of pink or purple but are sometimes white or
Parts Used: All aboveground parts
Common Uses: Heals wounds; anti-inflammatory; astringent; lubricates, soothes, and protects internal mucous membranes; expectorant
Comfrey is well known as “bone knit.” It’s earned
this name because of its great affinity for fast tissue healing,
including skin, muscle, tendons and even bones.
Comfrey can be applied topically on the affected
area as a salve, poultice or tea to speed the healing process for sore
joints, burns and swelling. Dried comfrey can also be used as a styptic
to stop bleeding – just apply the dried herb directly to the skin.
Comfrey leaves are rich in calcium, potassium, protein, vitamins A, C
and B12. Because of their properties farmers used to feed Comfrey leaves
to their animals as a part of their diet. The herb protected the cattle
from seasonal diseases and boosted their immunity. To this day Comfrey
is added to salads, vegetable dishes and other foods as a delicacy.
People living in the Far East make tea out of Comfrey leaves and drink
it as a refreshing beverage.
Comfrey consists of chemicals and constituents with
medicinal properties. Allantoin is an ingredient, which helps in cell
growth and bone strengthening. Due to its analgesic and anti-
inflammatory properties, Comfrey is used in medicines for sprains, joint
stiffness, pain in the joints or muscles and edema. Other ingredients
include rosmarinic acid, steroidal saponins, triterpenoids, sugar,
carotene, alkaloids, gum, beta- sitosterol, zinc, inulin, mucilage,
protein and vitamin B12. These elements are useful in the overall health
of both humans and animals.
Alternatives and Adjuncts:
External applications, combine with calendula, chamomile, aloe,
Saint-Johns-wort or bee balm. Gastric disorder application, combine with
cleavers, calendula, catnip and chamomile.
Topic Specific References:
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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