Uses of Comfrey
Comfrey is externally used for injury and muscle pain.
Picture of our comfrey (Symphytum officinale) in bloom.
Comfrey is one of the easiest plants to grow even if it is neglected. It will grow in a wide variety of soils and conditions. Once established it is hard to get rid of. It is a perennial herb with dark turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves. The flowers are small bell-shaped coloured cream and purplish.
Comfrey is a compost activator, simply add comfrey leaves to your compost to increases microbial decomposition of the compost.
Comfrey is especially useful as a massage cream for sore aching muscle either from over exercise or long term muscle aches. In has a long tradition of using comfrey topically for bruises, sprains and muscle strain other injuries. External comfrey preparations have been particularly used in the fields of sports and medicine.
Use comfrey externally as a cream, oil or poultice for the following;
- Muscle aches and pain
- Broken bones
How to make your own Comfrey Cream
Freshly cut leaves of a comfrey plant
A juicer (preferable cold pressed)
Base cream (recommended Mediherb Vitamin E base cream)
Add base cream to a small mixing bowl.
Juice the fresh leaves and filter through a coarse cloth.
Slowly add small amounts of the juice to the base cream, micmxing well before adding more.
Ratio of juice to base cream is 10 mL of plant juice with 100 g of MediHerb Vitamin E Cream (this may vary if you are using a different base cream)
Storage keep in the fridge as this cream has a limited life, discard after 4-6 months.
If you grow comfrey then you will always have fresh leaves to make another fresh herbal cream.