Comfrey is an amazing plant and well worth cultivating. It is one of the best sources of allantoin, a cell regenerator, which is great for the skin and also internal tissues. It’s common names tell it all- heal all, boneset, knit bone, bruisewort.
The leaves can be used to make a very effective poultice for bruises and it can hasten the repair of broken bones. Just crush nice, undamaged, mature leaves in a champion juicer and recombine the juice and pulp or grind in a mortar and pestle. Mixing in a few tbsp of a good, fresh, extra virgin olive oil can give it a better texture, but too much will make it runny.
Spread this over a compress or piece of open weave cheese cloth, folded into at least 6 thicknesses. Wrap around the effected limb. Cover with glad wrap and a bandage and leave on for 24 hours before removing.
Caution: Don’t use a comfrey poultice on open wounds as the leaves are home to bacteria and moulds which may cause infection.
Comfrey Herbal Mask for Anti-Aging Cell Regeneration
Comfrey is very high in allantoin, the active ingredient in many expensive anti ageing skin creams. You can give yourself an even better cell regenerating skin treatment by making this mask fresh from the garden.
Juice or crush in a mortar and pestle:
3 young, fresh comfrey leaves
5 sprigs of mint
6 calendula flowers (petals only)
1-2 tbsp hemp seed oil
Pass the leaves of all plants through a champion juicer and then reconstitute by mixing the juice and pulp back together. Otherwise, pound to a paste in a mortar and pestle, which is preferable but time consuming. When comfrey and mint cells are ground open, a beautiful healing mucilage is released. Paint or spread over the a face and leave on for at least 15 minutes before washing off.
You cannot use a food processor or blender- they cut the plant. It must be ground and crushed to release the active ingredients from the plant cells.
Comfrey grows reliably and without much effort, but does appreciate manure and water and grows very well alongside other garden plants.
It is easily propagated by digging up a parent plant and dividing up the roots and replanting. A comfrey plant will also increase on its own, so plant comfrey roots no less than 50cm apart.
It prefers a part shade position, so it is a nice plant for under deciduous fruit trees or other shady spots, especially if you get hot summers. In a temperate climates it is evergreen, but where winter temperatures drop to 4 degrees or less in winter, the plant will die back and leave a nice mineral rich mulch behind. New leaves pop back in spring. It has pretty white, pink or blue flowers depending on the variety most of the season.