<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Comfrey
  • For external use only.
  • Not to be used on abraded skin.
  • Not to be used for an extended period of time.
  • Not to be used during pregnancy.
  COMFREY   
 

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(Symphytum officinale)
Common names: Assear, Blackwort, Bruisewort, Consolida, Gum Plant, Healing Herb, Knitback, Knitbone, Miracle Herb, Nipbone, Salsify, Slippery Root, Wallwort, Yallus.

Comfrey

Comfrey in bloom

 
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Parts Used: Leaves, roots. Methods Used: Water extraction, poultice.
Spiritual Uses: The Celts believed that Comfrey protects one's belongings from loss. Place some of the root in your luggage to keep it safe while traveling.

Physical Uses: Naturalized across North America.

Teas and compresses of leaves or roots were used to speed healing of wounds and broken bones. Poultices have been used to treat fresh wounds, burns, or bruises.

Used as a mouthwash and gargle, Comfrey may relieve sore throats and bleeding gums.

Use in the bath as a skin treatment. Promotes healing.

If taken internally, (see Warning & Cautions), it has been used for the treatment of most stomach and digestive problems. When combined with Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Plantain (Plantago), it was used to stop internal hemorrhaging.

The tea was considered to be a general tonic for the lungs and bronchial system, especially chronic coughs.

 

Preparation:

LEAF TEA:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to sit for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped leaves and stir briefly. Cover.
  3. Allow to steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain and discard leaves.
  5. Divide into 4 equal doses.
  6. Use 1 dose to moisten poultice, add to bath water or gargle with.

ROOT TEA:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped and bruised roots and stir briefly. Cover.
  3. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain and discard roots.
  5. Divide into 4 equal doses.
  6. Use 1 dose to moisten poultice, add to bath water or gargle with.
 
 
     
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