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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I Heart Herbs~Comfrey

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!

Comfrey

Latin name: Symphytum Officinale

Plant Family: Boraginaceae

Character: Cool, moist, sweet

Constituents: allantoin, alkaloids, inulin, protein, mucilage, potassium, silicon, tannin, starch, calcium, phosphorus, protein, iron, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, C, E, carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, selenium, thiamine

Parts used for medicine: aerial parts, root

Harvest during flowering in early summer.

Traditionally referred to as knitbone,
comfrey knits together tissues
and promotes cell growth.

Comfrey has amazing healing properties.

I say that comfrey has Wolverine like healing powers.

Wolverine!
Healing Properties of Comfrey
Excellent vulnerary

Speeds cell reproduction

Great for healing and soothing insect bites

Accelerates bone injury healing

Helps with ulcers

Eases arthritic joints

Can be used for a variety of skin issues, including stretch marks


Use the cream for osteoarthritis and any bone or muscle damage.

Puree the leaves to create a poultice for minor fractures, 
such as broken toes and ribs.
You can also use in larger bones for hairline cracks.

You can also create a poultice from 
the powdered root with a little water.
Appy to varicose ulcers and stubborn wounds.
This can also treat bleeding hemorrhoids.


My favorite way to use comfrey is as an oil. I make my own.
All you need is comfrey leaves and olive oil.

Make your own Comfrey Medicine Oil
Harvest comfrey leaves and let them dry overnight.

Remember oil and water do not mix.

If the leaves are wet, your oil will become rancid.

Stuff a mason jar full of the comfrey leaves.

Add olive oil to cover all of the plant material.

Let it set for 6 weeks.

Strain and use!

From the infused oil you can make a salve by 
heating the oil in beeswax.


Contraindications:
Do not use on unclean wounds,
comfrey heals rapidly and can trap infection.
It can be damaging to the liver.


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Magick Muse


Amy Riddle is an empowerment coach, crafter of sorts, writer,
herbalist, reverend, and all out muse.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. 
She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. 
Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. 
She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.