There are many health benefits of the Comfrey herb. Take advantage of this powerful plant for your own health.
The many health benefits of Comfrey have been well-known for centuries.
There are several varieties of Comfrey found worldwide, but the most common found in natural food and herbal shops is Symphytum uplandicum. This type, also known as bruisewort, blackwort or Russian Comfrey, is a sterile plant, which means that it will not produce seeds. It grows by root cuttings, and, therefore, growth is easier controlled than the other Comfrey types.
Another old name for Comfrey is “knitbone.” This is due to the increased healing Comfrey brings to fractured bones, and is likely the most common use for this herb. However, there are other, less known, ways in which Comfrey brings health.
Comfrey, when made into a poultice and placed over sprains and bruises on the body, reduces swelling swiftly, especially above broken bones. One may use the same technique to bring relief to cuts and scrapes, reducing pain, and, since the herb has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, acting as a disinfectant.
The Comfrey plant is useful in promoting cardiovascular health, as well as sores in the mouth and respiratory disorders. Many times, it is made into a tea to allow a potent amount of the herb to enter the body.
The herb, eaten like any other green, leafy plant, such as lettuce or parsley, aids in the healing of intestinal disorders, as well as internal bleeding and haemorrhoids. The mucilaginous qualities of the Comfrey may grant relief from dysentery and diarrhea
The plant is high in Vitamins A, C, B12 and is high in protein, as well as high in minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and potassium.
The healing properties of the herb in regards to broken skin are so potent that it is important to make sure any open wounds you will be treating with Comfrey are cleansed of any dirt and debris. This is because the skin will grow back so swiftly with the aid of the herb that any foreign material will actually be stitched under the new skin. This property of Comfrey has even been used as a battlefield treatment throughout history by combat medics and battlefield doctors.
This process is due to a component in Comfrey called Allantoin. Research has shown how effective Allantoin towards regenerating new cells, and pharmaceutical companies are developing artificial compounds derived from Allantoin.
Each part of the Comfrey plant is useful, and the plant grows in mainly watery, temperate climates. It is generally cultivated multiple times during its growing season.
Comfrey has a great amount of health benefits and is easily administered. Most herbalists and homeopathic practitioners depend highly on this herb, and mix it into many remedies.