Comfrey is a leafy green, flowering herb, native to Europe and Asia, it has been used for hundreds of years by
It contains Allantoin, which is known to help cell regeneration.
It is also sometimes referred to as Knitbone, Blackwort, Ass ear and Bruisewort.
Natural remedies and treatments with the Comfrey herb plant
Comfrey can be used to heal cuts. Deep cuts should not be treated with comfrey cream though, as this can cause the cut to heal too fast, not giving deep tissue time to heal which may result in an abscess.
You can use Comfrey infused oil or Comfrey cream as a natural treatment for shallow skin cuts.
Comfrey ointment and Comfry oil can be applied to inflamed areas to relieve inflammation. You can also make a comfrey plant poultice to apply to these irritated areas.
Comfrey bone healing properties were discovered in ancient Greek times. Use it as a natural treatment for broken bones such as ribs that cannot be placed in a cast.
Other important medicinal uses of comfrey include treating osteoarthritis; the Allantoin in Comfrey oil and/or Comfrey balm reduces the irritation in inflamed joints.
Comfrey has been used as a natural treatment for gout from the 17th century and is still prescribed by herbalists today.
Comfrey medicinal creams have been proven in a Russian study in 2001 to have a significant action against fungi such as Erysiphe graminis conidia and Puccinia graminis.
Sprains and bruises
One of the centuries old natural herb remedies is applying a comfrey poultice to a sprain or bruise.
Warm compresses are recommended to draw the pus from boils, adding Comfrey to the compression will help in reducing inflammation; and the tannins in comfrey are astringent and will help dry out the boils.
Another one of comfrey medicinal uses is back pain relief, apply a comfrey poultice to the affected area.
Benefits of comfrey have been researched at the University of Pittsburg medical centre and it was found to be beneficial for the treatment of varicose veins.
Comfrey creams for irritated skin can be used to help reduce healing time of psoriasis patches and reduce frequency of flare-ups.
• Only use for 4-6 weeks out of a year. Do not use comfrey natural home remedies for more than 10 consecutive days.
• Comfrey must only be used as a topical treatment, not for ingesting. Comfrey contains Hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can cause veno-occlusive disease which can lead to liver failure if taken orally.