Jehn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who is passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free and animals. He wrote this amazing post.
Ryan reveals us that comfrey, an amazing herb that has been used for centuries now, has the ability to heal sprains, sores, burns, fractures and twisted muscles. Ancient people used it for these kind of health problems. This adorable plant with its big leaves and bell-shaped flowers could just have you on the mend if used properly!
It originates from Europe and Asia and it has been commonly used as an internal and external medicine for centuries, but recently, its internal usage has been under fire.
How can comfrey help you out?
The Government Says Comfrey Is Not Ok for Internal Use
The government is trying to prevent us using comfrey as a natural remedy with the excuse that it is harmful for our liver. They showed us result from one study conducted on animals (not coon) which were injected the equivalent of tens of thousands of comfrey leaves into mice, whereupon their livers failed.
Now, i can’t say about you and how much you eat, but I think that is it humanly impossible to consume tens of thousands of comfrey leaves (unless, of course, I’m in the wilderness with no food like my man Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant). Therfore, i wil leave you to make your own conclusion whether it is safe or not consuming comfrey. It seems to me that the study cause unnecessary paranoia among people and those poor mice died for no reason at all.
The reason why people are scared to use comfrey internally is due to the fact that it contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, otherwise known as PAs, that can cause damage to the cells in the liver. I can assure you that it is only dangerous if you eat an insane amount of comfrey leaves.
There are also other studies concerned about the toxicity of comfrey leaves, so i will leave you to make your own conclusion since i am here to advocate the benefits of comfrey for broken bones and sprains.
How Does Comfrey Work?
Comfrey contains a compund called allantoin which is anti-inflammatory, promotes cell growth and it is even a part of fetus’ development process. If you didn’t know, the placenta contains this compound as your baby matures, then dwindles as the child grows inside you. This amazing compound supports rapid cell growth, but in a good way.
Comfrey is also a rich source of vitamin C, an important component in the healing process. It is so quick at healing wounds and broken bones and that’s why it is also known as “knitbone”.
Allantoin supports connective tissue regrowth and structural support—an all around good thing, I should say!
How to Use Comfrey
Most commonly, comfrey is used to heal bones that are impossible or difficult to cast- such as broken ribs and toes. Make sure there is no infection present before using a comfrey. On the other hand, if there is some kind of infection, refrain from applying the comfrey directly, and wrap in a cotton cloth such as a handkerchief before using.
When applying comfrey directly on a wound, you should make a polutice out of comfrey. You can use fresh or dried herb! Here’s how to prepare it fresh and dried.
Fresh Comfrey Poultice
- Gather six large leaves (or twelve small ones)
- Chop roughly (with stems)
- Blend or process them with ½ cup of water. You want them to be mostly liquid
- Throw in some flour to help make a paste (gluten-free, corn, almond, who cares!)
- Blend a little more
- Then place into a clean cloth
- Wrap the cloth gently but snugly around the injured area. If you have a broken rib, you may need to lay down to apply the poultice
- You can leave on for up to six hours, or as needed
Dried Comfrey Poultice
- Gather a cup or two of dried comfrey
- In order to make them wet, but not too wet, gently pour boiling water on it
- To make a polutice, mix flour as needed
- Allow to cool to desired temperature
- Apply in a clean cotton cloth or over gauze and leave on the area for at least thirty minutes and up to several hours
Notice: If you have deep scars, the gauze will prevent the herbs to come into direct contact with your wound. That’s why you should always use gauze or a clean cloth.
What Else Is Comfrey Excellent for?
Beside being beneficial for wounds and broken bones, it is also used for bu bites, skin rash, eczema, arthritis, bruises, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. You want to grow this in your garden now, right? Love some comfrey this summer!