Comfrey, Symphytum officinale.
Comfrey has valuable healing qualities used in Chinese medicine for over 2000 years. Comfrey baths were also very common in the Middles Ages. Comfrey is widely known as “one of nature’s greatest medicinal herbs.” It contains powerful medicine as a bone mender, respiratory expectorant, demulcent, astringent, reduces inflammation and more. It is also a biodynamic accumulator where it breaks up and cleanses the soil, adding tremendous amounts of nutrients.
- Comfrey has several medicinal actions as a vulnerary, meaning it aids in the healing of wounds, both internal and external. Comfrey increases cell production, causing wounds to heal rapidly. Comfrey leaves have healing properties that also help scratches, sunburn and a variety of other skin irritations.
- Comfrey is also a demulcent, producing a mucilage that coats and soothes irritated tissues. It can help with various ulcers, as an astringent slowing the bleeding. It lessens scarring, while reducing inflammation.
- Comfrey also has expectorant properties, offering a relaxing effect on the respiratory membranes. Useful for coughs, congestion, asthma, and bronchitis.
Effects and Benefits
- Bruises, skin ulcers, wounds, broken bones, sprains, joint pain, heavy menstrual periods, diarrhea, coughs, sore throats, gum disease, chest pain, cancer, variety of inflammation (pain and swelling).
- It is high in Calcium and Vitamin C and simulates healing activity.