Comfrey is scientifically known as Symphytum (symphytum, means to heal. ), which is used extensively in herbal medicine. Comfrey is a marvelous herb and is one of the best-known healing herbs of all times.
Comfrey Salve is typically used as a topical herbal remedy for painful muscle and joint conditions, such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, and sprains. It's also used in alternative medicine for the following problems:
Sprains and strains
Comfrey applied to the skin is very helpful to treat rashes and irritations. The high content of antioxidant components, as well as vitamin C, makes comfrey oils and salves the ideal solution for speeding up the healing of wounds. If you are suffering from anything from a spider bite to a bad case of eczema, comfrey can help to alleviate the symptoms and reduce irritation. A combination of vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds makes this the perfect solution for skin irritations of all kinds, from psoriasis to acne.
Comfrey oils and salves are most amazing when used to stop friction blisters from forming when you over use your hands or feet--walking, raking, rowing, hoeing, whatever. Even after the blister has swelled and filled with fluid - though better at the first twinge of pain - frequent applications of comfrey ointment will make it disappear as though it was never there.
Comfrey has been used for the topical treatment of painful muscle and joint complaints. It is clinically proven to relieve pain, inflammation and swelling of muscles and joints in the case of degenerative arthritis, acute myalgia in the back, sprains, contusions and strains after sports injuries and accidents.
Comfrey is thought to speed the healing of the skin, tendons, and bones; and also prevents scarring. One of this herbal remedy’s nicknames is “knitbone”, because it can help speed up the healing process for broken bones, as well as other injuries. Comfrey is also rich in calcium, which is a key ingredient in bone growth. The unique combination of organic compounds found in comfrey can stimulate the regrowth of bone minerals, by facilitating more efficient uptake and use of those minerals within the body.
Comfrey helps to reduce swelling and edema.The leaves and roots of comfrey both contain compounds that reduce inflammation. Additionally, both contain the substance allantoin, which is associated with cell regeneration. The roots contain more of this substance and a salve made with roots and leaves is more potent than just from the leaves.
Rubbing Comfrey Salve on the chest can act as an expectorant. If you are experiencing clogged sinuses or congestion in your respiratory tracts, comfrey can help you cough that out and eliminate if from your system.
Comfrey preperations are also great to use for your pet.
Comfrey can be applied topically on the affected area as a salve, poultice tincture or tea to speed the healing process for sore joints, burns and swelling. Dried comfrey can also be used as a styptic to stop bleeding – just apply the dried herb directly to the skin.
A final word of warning
It is not recommended to use Comfrey internally because some of the volatile chemical components can be potentially dangerous to human beings when consumed improperly. Comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can damage the liver. Many people have been turned off of comfrey due to its dangerous chemicals when ingested, but in reality, there is not any proven risk to topical application of this impressive herb. Many of the organic compounds found in comfrey are able to transfer their benefits via topical application in various salves, oils, tinctures, infusions, lotions etc. I prefer to use dried Comfrey Leaf and Root for my preperations because when used dried plant material enzymes are released and much of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are destroyed.
Comfrey has so much to offer as an aid to health and healing. Comfrey should always be a part of your First Aid Kit.