Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)is a hairy perennial that has known medicinal properties which still remain strange to some of us. So what makes Comfrey to the herbalist and the gardener alike? Let’s find out!
Comfrey for Wound Healing
Comfrey is a herb or, rather a first aid home remedy. It can heal heal bones, quick repair wounds and skin ailments. ‘Conferta’ in Latin essentially means “to grow together” or close wounds. Comfrey leaf has tannins, rosmarinic acid, allantoin, steroidal saponins, mucilage, inulin, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, Gum, Carotene, Glycosides, Sugars, Beta-sitosterol, Triterpenoids, Vitamin B-12, Protein, Zinc. Comfrey makes its appearance in creams, ointments and even in cosmetic as a potent healer. Application of comfrey (leaf or root) paste to wounds cause the wound to close and heal faster. This way it reduces the chances of infection and encourages the growth of new tissues. However, comfrey is not the best match for deeper wounds.
Comfrey for Skin
Effective in the treatment of eczema, dermatitis and viral skin infections, it heals and builds new skin cells. Warts are said to be cured easily with Comfrey and so are sunburns soothed. It is equally good for varicose ulcers and acne.
Comfrey for the Sick
Sweet and cool to the tongue, it is also a known home remedy to cough and cold related symptoms, ulcers, IBS and more. Yet, for colds, you can do without comfrey as pyrrolizidine alkaloids in Comfrey are toxic and associated with cancer.
Comfrey for Arthritis
A comfort to the arthritic, Comfrey reduces pains, swellings and bruises in hours time. Comfrey balm can be prepared at home with simple ingredients like a fistful of comfrey leaves, vegetable oil and beeswax. This balm can be massaged in to swelling for faster pain relief.
Being a fertilizer, Comfrey is also a favourite among gardeners. It accumulates the nutrients in the soil allowing a feed for the other plants making itself a value addition to an organic garden.