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Getting To Know: Comfrey

By October 13, 2012

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Comfrey in Bloom

Everyone has heard of horror stories about herbal remedies gone wrong. Many times, the herb comfrey comes into the story. Truthfully, the jury is still out on the safety of comfrey used internally. There are studies to support this concern and more studies to discount them. In the end, it is up to the individual to make their own choice, but I always promote caution,  and suggest alternatives that are known to be safe for internal use.

Externally, I challenge anyone to find something that heals faster and better than comfrey. It is such a powerful  herb, it needs to come out of the scary corner, and into the forefront of our herbal medicine chests. If you use comfrey, what do you do with it? Share in the comments!

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Comments

October 17, 2012 at 11:40 am
(1) Church MN says:

Good insight on the use of comfrey.

October 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(2) sharone says:

i have been using the leaves to make a good fertiliser for plants. also use to bring out bruising quickly.

October 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(3) Kat says:

Comfrey I think of as a useful but caution herb. I Have read up on it and would not eat it myself. My stepdad used it directly for cuts in the garden. I have fed it to chooks and used as a tonic for garden by soaking it but tends to be odorous for this purpose.l Excellent in compost like tansy. If you have easily irritated skin probably best for compost. Brilliant herb should be grown more but due to evidence not eaten.Possible kidney/ liver damage. Really cute little bell shaped flowers. Be prepared for some dieback and it will recover.Will flop when thirsty so not under trees or in dry arid,better semi-sun shade likes a regular drink esp if potted. Enormous tap root goes down several feet so plant it where you want it and leave it there. Propogation by division .

October 25, 2012 at 2:59 am
(4) Stella says:

Comfrey, nettles and fresh horse dung steeped in water in an old metal dustbin – best garden fertiliser I know. Use after 3 weeks. Very, very smelly!

October 26, 2012 at 6:54 am
(5) louise says:

I make a salve using comfrey, olive oil, & bees wax. Add some cayenne & use it on arthritic knees.

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