Comfrey Used Safely For Thousands Of Years – See What It Does!
Comfrey (also called “knitbone” or “boneset” in honor of its healing power) is somewhat of a controversial healing medicinal plant.
Many recommend using comfrey only externally, due to concerns over PA’s (pyrrolizidine alkaloids) which are known to be potentially carcinogenic and also are believed to possibly cause liver damage. There are bans in some countries against products taken internally that contain comfrey. However, is it generally recognized as safe when used externally, and has a variety of amazing medicinal uses.
One might wonder why, with so many historically proven benefits for comfrey, that this level of caution exists pertaining to its use. Apparently, some scientific trials conducted in the 1970’s showed that lab rats fed a heavy diet of comfrey (3-4 times their body weight) over an extended time developed liver damage. It is said that for a human to consume a similar amount would take drinking 3-4 cups of comfrey tea for 140 years. Interesting stuff.
Some of the primary benefits of comfrey include:
- healing of fractures and sprains
- healing effect on ulcers
- soothing mucous membranes
- soothing and healing skin irritations
Many of comfrey’s healing properties are due to allantoin, a natural compound known to accelerate cell production both internally and externally.
Comfrey is considered relatively easy to grow at home. Check it out below, and please share!
Comfrey was used in ancient times to treat many human ailments. NorthCountryFarmer.com lists some of its traditional uses:
Traditionally, comfrey is known by the name “knitbone“ or “boneset“ and this was derived from the Latin name Symphytum that comes from the Greek symphis, which means “growing together of bones”, and phyton, “a plant“. This in itself speaks to the long tradition of using comfrey for broken bones! Other medicinal uses include bronchial problems, sprains, arthritis, gastric ulcers, burns, acne, and other skin conditions.
Comfrey is extremely easy to grow — in fact, care should be taken to make sure that it doesn’t overrun the rest of your garden! It’s well worth planting, since it provides you with a powerful natural organic fertilizer along with its useful medicinal properties.
The folks at OrganicGardening.com give the following instructions for cultivating comfrey:
Comfrey grows best in full sun or partial shade. It thrives in clay soil with plenty of moisture but tolerates a wide range of conditions. Once established, it is difficult to get rid of, so choose a site where it can stay. Six plants is enough for most gardeners, which means allowing a planting space of about 6 by 10 feet or 3 by 20 feet. Don’t plant comfrey in any area you cultivate, as breaking off bits of root will create oodles of new plants. Remove any perennial weeds in the bed. Plant root cuttings or plants about 3 feet apart either in spring or fall, and keep the soil moist until plants are well established. Don’t harvest the first year, and cut off any flower stalks that form, as your plants need to establish a good root system.
If you are concerned about comfrey taking over your garden, you can grow it in large trash cans filled with soil and compost mix, and with holes cut into the bottom for drainage.
Wear gloves when harvesting comfrey, as some people find it to be a skin irritant.
Source: Natural News