Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a potent herbal remedy with reputed medicinal properties. It has high amounts of allantoin, which stimulates tissue growth and helps in tissue repair; carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A; tannin, which is antiseptic and astringent; mucilage, which is a useful and active demulcent; and rosmarinic acid, which is an active expectorant, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.
Here are some of the many reasons why comfrey has a long history of medical applications:
The wound-healing powers of comfrey have been shown in a research review published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Researchers have found that the topical application of comfrey can help heal abrasion wounds.
Research has found that comfrey contains a compound known as allantoin which is found within the root mucilage that comfrey produces. This compound is viewed in the medicinal world as valuable as it has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in treating painful skin conditions, such as nappy rash, windburn, scrapes, and cuts.
Results of a research review suggested that comfrey may provide some help for individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis, as well as some injuries, such as ankle sprains.
One of the best methods for applying comfrey is via a poultice wrapped in a compress. Here’s how to make it:
Gather a half dozen large comfrey leaves and cut them into 2-inch pieces (including stems.) Place pieces in a blender and add 1/2 cup of water. Purée/pulse on “high” until liquid. Add a fistful of flour and then pulse again until a paste is formed. Using a rubber spatula, scrape paste onto clean dish towel or cloth, folded in half lengthwise. Wrap the cloth around the desired areas from four to six hours.
Moreover, a study also revealed that creams containing comfrey root can help relieve upper and lower back pain.
Comfrey can help heal tissues inside and outside of our bodies. It has a general soothing effect on the mucous membranes and is used in soothing a sore throat and cough.
For this benefit we simply need to soak 2 tbsp. of comfrey root in one quart (2 cups) of water overnight and then bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes. Strain and then combine with an equal amount of honey. Heat again the mixture just before boiling, turn down, and simmer again for 5 minutes. Let cool and take in tablespoon doses three or four times a day.
Words of Caution: This remedy is for those really nasty coughs as comfrey should not be taken internally for long periods of time.