Symphytum officinalis


Comfrey takes up a large portion of my garden. I have a deep appreciation and admiration for this beautiful, strong and tenacious plant. I easily have propagated several vivacious plants from a single root division, and share them lovingly with the bees. Comfrey is a plant that every gardener should have; foremost for me, it is there for the garden itself. It is a favourite among the bees, and its deep deep tap roots pull up so much nutrition that can be shared with all the garden plants in the form of leaf mulch or “comfrey tea” (watch out – it really stinks). But as for medicine, Comfrey is best used topically. Many sources will tell of internal applications, but I have read much controversy about that, and would recommend to err on the side of caution, and regard this plant as an amazing external healer only. Applied to wounds, comfrey has a profound effect. In fact, the speed of healing is cause for mindfulness in its use. Don’t apply comfrey to infected or deep wounds, where the surface tissue would repair too fast and trap infection inside. It is also beneficial for sore muscles, bone fractures, sprains, ligament tears and damage to aching joints, and a wonderful addition to post-pregnancy sitz bath, to help speed healing and recovery from birth.

Herbal actions:  

  • Anti-hemorrhagic 
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Astringent
  • Expectorant  
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Vulnerary
  • Demulcent 
  • Hemostatic 
  • Cell proliferant (root)
  • Wound/tissue healer
  • Bone healer

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