Comfrey’s name derives from the Latin ‘confervere’ which means ‘to bring together’. This leafy perennial herb has been used for centuries for its swelling-reducing capacity when bones were to be set and the healing process accelerated, thus earning the herb has also be known as Knitbone, Bruisewort
Comfrey is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties
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and as a poultice to severe cuts, to promote suppuration of boils and abscesses, and gangrenous and ill-conditioned ulcers.
The whole plant, beaten to a cataplasm and applied hot as a poultice, has always been deemed excellent for soothing pain in any tender
A poultice of the fresh leaves is excellent for ruptures, fresh wounds, moist ulcers, burns, bruises, sores and boils.
The leaves can also be used as a poultice for eruptions, dermatitis, and other skin problems.
The hot pulp of the rootstock can be applied externally for
- painful inflammations
- pulled tendons
To fully relax, the decoction of the rootstock may be added to your bath. Comfrey is native
The plant is erect in habit and rough and hairy all over. There is a branched rootstock, the roots are fibrous and fleshy spindle-shaped, an inch or less in diameter and up to a foot long, smooth, blackish externally, and internally white, fleshy and juicy.
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