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Comfrey

A hardy, excellent foliage plant for the garden with lance shaped mid green leaves that are covered with slightly prickly hairs. Bears pink flowers in the summer. The leaves have medicinal properties. The leaves are a beneficial addition to the compost heap or infused as a liquid plant food. Perennial. H:60cm W:60cm. 12cm, 17cm.


 

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In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
• Perennial, Deciduous, Frost hardy,
• Plant dies down over winter, but grows out again in spring
• Plant it where the growth can be controlled as it can become invasive.

Height:
• ±60 cm; Spread: ±1 m.

Cultivation:
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

Harvesting:
• Pick fresh leaves throughout the growing season.

Companion Planting:
• Compost activator and supplying essential nutrients to the compost heap,
• Apply leaves as a mulch,
• Also used as a liquid manure.

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Culinary use:

Use Comfrey leaves with:
• Spinach,
• Cook in fritters.

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Cosmetic use:

• Infuse the leaf and root and add to bathwater to soften and heal the skin.

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Haelth benefits:

VERY IMPORTANT:
Only use the leaves internally.
The roots are for topical application only.

Comfrey may be beneficial in the following cases:

General Nutrient content:
• Rich source of protein.
• Vitamins: A, C, B1, B2, B3, B12,
• Minerals: Ca, K, P, Fe, Mg, Mn, Se, Z.

Nervous System
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: External application can relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation. Use a poultice or commercially prepared cream.

Endocrine System:
• Blood sugar control: assists the function of the pancreas.

Skin
• Topical as an Emollient: Allantoin promotes and encourage the growth of new cells: Wound healer, Scars, Sunburn, Acne, Athlete's foot,
• Topical: Cosmetic use of leaves and roots to prevent aging and wrinkles,
• Topical: Skin irritations, itching, rough dry skin, and some cases of eczema and psoriases.
• Topical: Relieve insect bites and stings.

Lymphatic System
• Gargle for pharyngitis and severe tonsillitis.

Respiratory System
• Demulcent (mucilage and astringent action) and gently stimulating to the mucous membranes,
• Increases expectoration, and tones the bronchi,
• Pleurisy, Bronchitis, Bronchi-pneumonia, Irritable cough, Tuberculosis.

Cardiovascular System
• Topical: Varicose veins, chronic varicose ulcers.

Digestive system
• Demulcent (high mucilage) and gently stimulating to the mucous membranes,
• To improve the digestive function and wound healing in Gastric and duodenal ulcers, Hiatus hernia, Ulcerative colitis, Hyperacidity, Reflux oesophagitis, enteritis, ileitis,
• Diarrhoea, Haemorrhoids (healing and astringent),
• Astringent action can also contribute to improve disturbed intestinal permeability, especially in the upper digestive tract.

Musculo / Skeletal System Poultice for:
• Sprains, Bruises, Torn ligaments, Damaged tendons,
• Recovery of broken bone, fractures,
• Reduces inflammation associated with Arthritis and Rheumatism, A massage oil to relieve stiff and aching joints.

Preparation and dosage:
TEA:
• 1 heaped teaspoon dried leaves in a cup of water, add boiling water, strain and drink after 10-15 min. Drink 3 times per day.

TINCTURE (leaf):
• 2-4 ml, three times a day.
• Treatment - Rub comfrey (root) infused oil into skin over stiff and aching joints and onto scar tissue to aid healing. Rub comfrey ointment on areas of injury, sprains, bruises and breaks.