Latin name: Symphytum officinale
Common name(s): Ass Ear, Boneset, Blackwort, Bruisewort, Consolida, Consound, Gum Plant, Knitback, Knitbone, Yalluc
Comfrey has been used for medicinal healing since about 400 B.C. Comfrey was known for its ability to repair the tissue of the body. A Greek physician named Dioscorides from the fist century would prescribe comfrey to mend broken bones and to heal wounds. The native American Cherokee Indians have used comfrey to treat and heal many ailments.
Comfrey is a perennial that is stout and bristly haired plant. It has large tapering, ovate-lanceolate leaves and it has thick roots. In the summer it blooms purple to pink or white flowers which are funneled shaped. Comfrey is native to Europe and West Asia. Comfrey is a sweet, cooling herb that reduces inflammation and it also controls bleeding.
Comfrey is an antipyretic, antitussive, astringent, bitter, cell proliferant, demulcent, expectorant, emollient, mucilant, nutritive, styptic, tonic and vulnerary. Comfrey can be used to treat colitis because it is an excellent demulcent. The parts of the plant which are used in herbal healing are the leaves and roots.
You can pour liquid extract of comfrey into an open wound to close it. Comfrey relieves inflammation and stops bleeding. It can be applied as a poultice to treat burns, insect bites, sore breasts and wounds. When used as a hot poultice it eases the pain from bursitis. Comfrey aids in digestion and it also helps to strengthen the skeletal system because it contains a natural hormone which feeds the pituitary gland.
Comfrey has been used for years to treat quinsy and whooping cough because of its demulcent action. The roots are more effective than the leaves when used to treat ailments such as coughing. A strong brew of comfrey tea works for internal bleeding, consumption or bleeding in the lungs. In very serve cases a teaspoon of witch hazel extract can be added to the tea.
Comfrey can be used to treat any of the following:
Allergies, anemia, arthritis, asthma, bladder problems, bloody urine, boils, broken bones, breasts, bronchitis, bruises, bunions, burns, bursitis, cancer, chronic bowel disorders, colds, colitis, coughs, cramps, diarrhea, digestive problems, dysentery, eczema, emphysema, fatigue, female problems, fevers, fractures, gall bladder problems, gastric ulcers, gout, gum disease, hay fever, hemorrhoids, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), infection, insect bites, kidney stones, leg cramps, lung problems, menstruation, mucus, pain, pancreas, pleurisy, pneumonia, psoriasis, respiratory problems, rheumatism, sinusitis, skin problems, sore breasts, sores, sprains, stomach disorders, swelling, tuberculosis and varicose veins,