Comfrey, also known as comphry, is one of the most precious plants that cure from rheum, muscle strain, gout, even the bone fracture.
For many years, this plant has been recognized among traditional medicine followers, and has been appreciated for its healing powers.
Comfrey can be found throughout middle Europe, in damp places. It blossoms during the summer. Flowers are pink, purple, violet and sometimes white in form of short inflorescence.
Leafs and roots are the healing parts of the plant that are used and are harvested in spring and in late autumn. The roots are dug and washed. To keep the healthy juice from the roots, it is to be dried, cut into slices and again dried in a warm place. The leaves are dried in the shady places.
Healthy properties of this plant are obtained through essential oils, tannin, choline and rare substance allantois. Allantois helps creating new cells in wounds and cuts, cracking and sports injuries. Also, for external use with gout and bones ache there is no better cure than freshly grated comfrey to be put on the hurting spot as compress.
It you can not find it fresh, you can apply tincture which is good for neuralgic pains, especially in the face region. Comfrey has a strong effect on the central nervous system, so it should be taken in small doses.
Tincture is proven to be excellent treatment for inflammation of nerves. If there is a swollen tissue that is sensitive to pressure, it is automatically reflexed onto nervous system. So, comfrey tincture is a simple, natural solution to this pain. It is also recommended for the facial skin regeneration.
People who regularly use this tincture claim it is helpful with aging skin; it softens wrinkles around eyes, especially if changes occurred due to use of cosmetic products It is also recommended for the veins inflammation. It is especially effective when combined with St. John’s Wort, St. John’s Wort oil, or even better with a tincture of St. John’s Wort.
Comfrey root is excellent for catarrh of the stomach, kidney disease or severe menstruation. It is used also for bleeding of the stomach, bronchial catarrh, pneumonia, and bloody cough. Dried root can be mashed and mixed with warm water and then put onto affected area.
A mouthwash can be made from mashed dries root, mixed then with warm water and chamomile and this mixture can cure the oral mucosa inflammation and dental abscesses.
Comfrey leaves poultices are helpful with paralyses, they are ought to be put onto affected area of the extremities. Leaves are used as addition to hot baths, when a person is suffering from rheum, bones aches, discopathy and poor blood circulation.
Comfrey gel can be found in the pharmacies. It is a product that contains comfrey root extract and its ingredients: mucus, tannins, saponins and allantoin improve epithelization, drainage, and regeneration of tissue.
Its efficiency is confirmed in treatment of sprains and strains, rheumatic deformity of hand and foot joints, as well as sports injuries and post-traumatic conditions.
Used as anti-inflammatory remedy, it is effective with cuts, bruises, and insect bites. It is to be applied several times a day but not on the open and infected wounds.
Wash the roots thoroughly, clean it with a brush, put into a glass bottle and pour over vodka (40 degrees). Keep the bottle in the sun or in a warm place for two weeks, strain the content and start using the product with various ailments.
Take the dried leaves, grind it and mix with warm water with a few drops of vegetable oil, then put in a compress. Put on the affected area and attach it with a bandage.
Take 10 tablespoons of grated roots and mix with 11 tablespoons of heated fat. Cover the bowl and leave it for 12 hours, then heat it again and strain it through gauze. Strained content pour in a jar and keep in the fridge. Ointment is effective with minor injuries and hemorrhoids.
5 g of comfrey root boil with 1/2l of water for half an hour, and then leave it to cool for another 20 minutes and strain. Drink one cup in the morning before meal and then take 2 tablespoons of tea every half an hour. Before going to sleep drink another cup.
Mix 100g of comfrey and 100g of calendula and 50g of common knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare) and put into 205ml of hot water. Cover and leave for 3 minutes, then strain. Drink during the day, two or three cups in small sips.
To enhance urination
Pour half a liter of boiling water over one tablespoon of comfrey leaves and flowers, cover, leave to cool for 15 minutes, then strain. It should be consumed twice a day, in the morning on an empty stomach and one glass before going to sleep. This tea is good for abdominal cramps.
Notice: Comfrey products must not be made and kept in metal bowls. Mind that dried roots are not affected with mold since it can be very toxic.