Comfrey has been around for as far back as recorded history goes. The herb and its medicinal qualities were first discovered in Europe. Comfrey is actually a broader genus scientifically known as Symphytum, which is used extensively in herbal medicine. The flowers can range in color from white to purple, and the plants have started to be cultivated even in Albania.
Apart from the external medicinal purposes the plant possesses, in our country it is cultivated, because it is used as wonderful ground compost and acts as an amazing fertilizer. In biological farming, comfrey is used to facilitate crop rotation and if you want to start a biological farm or organic greenhouse, that plan to plat comfrey as it is the ABC of sustainable land fertilization.
Yet comfrey has strong medicinal powers. Some of the most interesting health benefits of comfrey include its ability to reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, boost the immune system, promote health and growth, strengthen bones, heal skin, prevent free radicals, and improve respiratory health.
Many of the organic compounds found in comfrey are able to transfer their benefits via topical application in various salves and lotions. Some of the more unusual chemicals found in comfrey include allantoin, inulin, tannins, saponins, and beneficial proteins.
Health Benefits Of Comfrey
Wound Healing: When you apply comfrey to your skin, it can have some serious benefits to rashes and irritations. The high content of antioxidant components, as well as vitamin C, makes comfrey pastes and salves the ideal solution for speeding up the healing of wounds.
Reduce Pain: If you’re suffering from any sort of chronic pain in your body, or if you’re recovering from an injury or surgery, applying comfrey salves and lotions to those areas can quickly soothe that main.
Anti-Inflammatory Activity: In a similar way as the analgesic substances in comfrey, the various organic compounds, like saponins and tannins, also serve as anti-inflammatory components of this powerful herb. If you suffer from arthritis, gout, or other inflammatory disorders, use comfrey salves as often as necessary. The lotion is so potent, however, that you can afford to be quite frugal with the oils and creams.
Bone Growth: One of this herbal remedy’s nicknames is “knitbone”, because it can help speed up the healing process for broken bones, as well as other injuries. Comfrey is also rich in calcium, which is a key ingredient in bone growth. The unique combination of organic compounds found in comfrey can stimulate the regrowth of bone minerals, by facilitating more efficient uptake and use of those minerals within the body.
Respiratory Health: Again, it must be stressed that comfrey should not be consumed, but even inhaling comfrey or rubbing it on the chest can act as an expectorant. If you are experiencing clogged sinuses or congestion in your respiratory tracts, comfrey can help you cough that out and eliminate if from your system.
A Final Word of Warning: There is a high concentration of specific alkaloids in comfrey, which is why many medical professionals do not suggest any internal use, and only limited topical use.
To make the poultice:
Pick fresh comfrey leaves. The amount of leaves you pick will determine how large the poultice will be. If you are using a mortar and pestle, tear the leaves apart and put them into the mortar.
Grind the leaves until they release their liquid and become mushy, just like a paste.
Remove the paste and place it in a piece of cheesecloth, Place the fabric side against the skin on the area of the body that you want to treat.
Leave the poultice on for anywhere from 4 hours to overnight.
Repeat this daily and there will be a remarkable, quick healing with the issue that is being treated./AgroWeb.org