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.
In the garden:
• 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.
• ±60 cm; Spread: ±1 m.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Pick fresh leaves throughout the growing season.
• Compost activator and supplying essential nutrients to the compost heap,
• Apply leaves as a mulch,
• Also used as a liquid manure.
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.
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: External application can relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation. Use a poultice or commercially prepared cream.
• Blood sugar control: assists the function of the pancreas.
• 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.
• Gargle for pharyngitis and severe tonsillitis.
• 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.
• Topical: Varicose veins, chronic varicose ulcers.
• 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:
• 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.
• 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.