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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Comfrey "The Herb that Comforts "


Names: Comfrey, gum plant, bruisewort, knit bone, nipbone, knit back, boneset, skin plant 

Origin: India/USA

Comfrey is high in calcium and vitamin C. Has a very strong history of being used as an external application by itself or in poultices for the mending of wounds and broken bones.
 It is a contact healer, relieving pain inflammation and immediately helping to grow new flesh and bone. The Latin name  translates it as "knitting together." This herb really does knit back together your skin.

Other uses: Healing sores, bruises, bumps, promotes new skin cell growth, and anti inflammatory good for arthritis, ear infections/ear aches.

Poultice being applied to leg

 Where to find it:Comfrey begins growth in early-April and by early May compact clusters of young leaves are visible in the crown of the old plant.
Flowering starts in late May early June. It can be found pretty much anywhere. You may even have this "skin herb" in your back yard.
 My experience:  A couple of years ago my then 7year old boy fell off the monkey bars at a local park. To my horror he had broken his arm. His elbow was sticking out and his arm was dangling. It was not a pretty sight.
We immedietly called 911 and an ambulance  came to take my boy to the E.R. He had to have surgery to set the bone and have 3 pins placed in his elbow.
I was so scared for him, as he had never even had even been in the E.R up until this point in his life.
The next couple weeks, would be all about getting his bone to heal.
I had read about comfrey and used it in ointments etc. I decided to give him comfrey  daily applied as a poultice. 
His bone doctor noticed a fast healing and recovery, she said that his bone was healing above average and whatever I was doing to keep doing it. 
I kept giving him the comfrey and it speed up his healing by nearly 2 weeks.
It was amazing to watch this herb in action. 

Comfrey is not recommended internally. Not recommended for use in pregnant women, even though I very rarely consider using Comfrey internally, I use it externally and would feel comfortable using it internally if needed for this reason:externally. As always, consult a doctor and/or qualified herbalist before using this or any herb!

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