Comfrey is a super valuable plant, both medicinally and as a fertilizer. I grow it mainly for sprained joints. This plant is often referred to as -. If you brake a bone you need a doctor to set it before drinking some comfrey tea. I’ve heard of bones quickly healing back incorrectly because they skipped the doc. This herb is also soothing to the skin, containing allantoin (the same as in aloe-vera) Look into this one…there have been several times I’ve reached for it!! I could barely walk once when I injured my knee, so I spread some olive oil on the injury, covered it with some thin cotton fabric (I had some thin cloth diapers-it can be quite itchy without some separation) then comfrey, then an ace bandage. Worked like a charm!! I try to remove the large central stem, then sort of roll the leaf into a tube, unroll then roll in the other direction. It breaks the cells up so the juices get flowing faster. You can tell when it’s time to change the dressing…the plant material turns black almost like it’s burnt. I wrapped a pinky finger for my husband last summer in almost the same manner, substituting St. John’s Wort oil for the plain olive oil…I am positive it saved the end of his pinky!
BEWARE! There are two major varieties of comfrey, and while both are medical, one is higher in volatile oils and grown mainly for fertilizer. Studies have shown (in very high internal doses) liver conditions develop in lab animals. Symphytum officinale is what you’ll want if your intention is mostly medicinal (any variety is still a valuable fertilizer). The best indicator between the two is the way the leaves connect to the stem. Officinale leaves connect on both sides of the leaves to the stem for a good way before they separate. They look like they’ve been pinched at the base.
Harvest both the leaves and roots. Think whole plant here. It’s kinda like your Bible. A sentence here and there can be taken out of context and do more harm than good. The whole Book together, though, works beautifully and is straight to the point. So the root alone internally can, if used in excess amounts, be harmful to your liver. But there are chemicals in the leaves that counteract that. So I’m thinking Old and New testament. The New Testament (leaves) have their own set of direction and counteraction. The Old Testament, however (roots), need a little direction and can’t be used internally without to leaves (Life and Times of Jesus Christ). Here’s one recipe that I hope you never need:
This is Surgery Tea printed from Earth Mother Herbal (Dry Creek Herb Farm has a second print for sale-My mom scoured the earth for my copy for a birthday gift one year (after I kept renewing it from the library over and over again)…she ended up paying like 2x the list price cause it was cheapest! If you’re interested in this I would highly recommend taking advantage of the reprint deal! This book has never made it to the bookcase at my house! Everytime I put it up…two minutes later I get it out again!! She does get a little deep into spiritual aspects of plants…I see a reflection of God and His grace in them, not them having and giving power of their own…anyway…):
Comfrey leaf, Saint-John’s-wort, 1/2 part mint for flavor (optional)
Equal parts comfrey leaf and Saint-John’s-wort (+1/2 part mint if wanted)
Use 1 tsp. per cup of water and steep for 15 minutes (cover your cup to avoid as much heat loss as possible)
Drink this 3 times a day, for 3 days before and after surgery.