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By Nina, Contributing Writer
I use many natural remedies in my home on a regular basis. Herbs, essential oils, homeopathic remedies. They all play a role in keeping my family healthy. Right now, I keep about 7 herbs in my medicine cabinet that I use on a regular basis. Of those, comfrey stands out from the rest because of all its goodness. This herb is a staple in my house and I use it for many reasons.
I include comfrey in all of my skin healing balms because of its ability to speed the healing of sores, abrasions and bruises quickly. Comfrey’s mucilagenous property makes it soothing to irritated skin. I”ve used comfrey salve with success on scrapes, diaper rash and tattoos, among other things.
Several stories I”ve read reported that broken bones heal faster when a comfrey salve is applied. Comfrey promotes fast healing and much-needed pain relief. Added to an ointment it also does very well for treating hemmorhoids.
To make your own salve with the benefits of comfrey, I suggest trying the recipe for this homemade first aid ointment.
Comfrey infuses well into massage oil and does a great job at easing those tender spots. My dad created his own muscle rub using comfrey and arnica that brings amazing relief to arthritis and other sore areas. I like to add lavender essential casino online oil for relaxation.
- An oven-proof dish
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- 2 cups olive or jojoba oil, or your favorite carrier oil
- 1 cup dried herbs (for this massage oil, use equal parts arnica and comfrey)
- Pure lavender essential oil (3-5 drops)
- Clean, dry glass jar to store your oil in
Turn your oven on to 200 degrees. To the oven-proof dish, add the oil and herbs. Stir it up so that all of the leaves are covered with oil. Turn off your oven, because it should be 200 degrees by now. Put the oven-proof dish in the oven, clean up your mess and go have fun for a few hours.
After 3 hours take out the dish and strain the oil from the leaves. Discard the herbs and add the infused oil to a glass jar. Add a few drops of your lavender essential oil, put the lid on and gently swish. Label your oil and put the jar in a cool, dark place.
Infusions are like a very strong tea. They are steeped in water for several hours in a tightly sealed jar. Using a quart-size canning jar is best because they can hold up well to boiling water.
Once prepared, you can add a comfrey infusion to baths for soaking wounds or sore muscles. For sore feet, I like to fill a large dish washing tub with hot water, epsom salts and comfrey infusion to make them feel better. Infusions are generally made using leaves or flowers.
Put an ounce of dried comfrey leaves in your canning jar. Fill the jar to the fill line with boiling water. Secure the lid tightly and let it steep until the water has completely cooled. Strain out the herbs and enjoy.
Used internally, comfrey is said to have many benefits, including healing stomach ulcers and hemorrhoids, as well as treating pernicious anemia with its high vitamin B12 content.
HOWEVER, young comfrey leaves contain poisons called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are carcinogenic, so consuming comfrey is highly cautioned against. Thankfully, these alkaloids are NOT absorbed through the skin.
How do you use comfrey?
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