Use Comfrey Root as a Natural Remedy

Comfrey root has many natural healing properties, and mixed with other natural herbs, comfrey can create a very potent cold remedy.

| December 1994/January 1995

Some time ago, a friend was holding a router between his knees as he changed the bit. Then his grip slipped, and his knee hit the switch. Before he could turn the machine loose, it made several deep cuts on his hand. As he ran to the house, he grabbed a leaf off a comfrey plant, stuck it in his mouth and started to chew. Once inside, he grabbed a jar of cayenne and threw some cayenne down into the cuts to stop the bleeding. He then put the pieces of comfrey leaf he had chewed up over the wound. The cayenne soon stopped the bleeding, and he bound up the cuts with a cloth.     

Two weeks later, he came to an herb meeting our community holds occasionally and told us about the accident. Everyone crowded around to see his hand. It had healed so well tha you couldn't see a scar.     

The genus name for comfrey is Symphytum, which means to "unite or knit together." The name com-firma means simply, "knitting of bones." You can use the leaf and the root, fresh or dried.     

Comfrey contains a special substance called allantoin, which is a cell proliferative. In other words, it makes cells grow faster. This is one of the reasons why comfrey-treated bones knit so fast, wounds mend so quickly and burns heal with such little scarring. Comfrey is often called knitbone or healing herb.     

This same substance, allantoin, is found in the placenta of a pregnant mother which helps the baby grow rapidly. After the baby is born, allantoin is also found in the mother's milk — abundantly at first and less so as the child grows.     

A few years ago, I was tossed off my little black mare and got a couple of broken ribs. I couldn't breathe and thought I'd die. After a couple of days — when I could move — I put a comfrey poultice on my chest for a little while. After a few more days, I applied another poultice, then another. By this time, I felt fine and went back to riding.     

Deb Brooks
12/26/2017 2:10:06 AM

Comfrey has been used since recorded time, as a tea. The idea that it is bad for the liver came about when pharmaceutical companies realized that people were learning of its miraculous properties. Look up Dr. Christopher. Comfrey was such a threat to companies that it was banned in America. It no longer is. Don't succumb to propaganda.

4/23/2016 12:15:07 AM

Warning! The root contains 10-1000 times more Pyrrolizidine alkaloids than the leaves. This is a chemical that has been scientifically proven to be toxic to the liver in high enough amounts. You should do your research before taking it internally (both root & leaf of comfrey is banned by FDA for internal use). You should be especially cautious if you are a heavy alcohol drinker or have known liver issues. Traditionally, the root is always used topically.

11/6/2015 1:31:00 AM

Could comfrey be used to treat osteoporosis externally or internally?

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