A perennial herb that belongs to borage family, comfrey
is botanically called Symphytum officinale. Comfrey roots
are extensively used for medicinal purposes. They can increase cell growth,
heal blood clotting and soften body tissue. They usually grow in moist ground
valley and meadows. They are commonly used in cases of conditions like bruises, dislocations, wounds,
sprains and strains.
Comfrey root benefits
Comfrey roots encourage healthy and faster re-growth of damaged tissues. They appear to
be black from outside, with fleshy glutinous juicy substance in it. Primary compound mucilage and allantoin present in it are responsible for accelerating
tissue healing and closing of wounds. Comfrey root causes wounds to contract
and heal faster by preventing any infections. When applied to the skin, it
Comfrey root has various nutrient
benefits when consumed as a tonic. Various beneficial nutrient components are protein,
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin, B Complex Vitamins, Mucilaginous fibre, Calcium,
Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Sulfur, Copper, Zinc, Selenium and
Comfrey root extract are used as
ointments for the treatments of acute upper and lower back pain. They are used
in gel format for the treatment of ankle pain.
Comfrey root tea
Comfrey root can be boiled to make
tea. This can be drunk to cure the bruises, dislocations, muscle pulls,
swelling, wounds and sprains.
Comfrey root powder
Comfrey root powders are organic, used as infusion, decoction, tincture and poultice.
Comfrey herb contains both nutritive and medicinal values. They are an excellent
form of food source. Comfrey root powder can be used with milk for a
therapeutic bath. Comfrey root contains ten times the concentration of pyrolizidine
alkaloids than the leaves.
Comfrey root oil
Comfrey root oil can be mixed with olive oil to treat spider bites. It can be directly applied on skin
for speedy recovery from shallow wounds, scratches
and diaper rash.
Comfrey root uses
Comfrey root can be used as an effective
It can be used to gargle the throat inflammations and hoarseness
Comfrey root tea is
effective for digestion, stomach problems and menstrual problems.
Comfrey root tea is
used to treat lung cancer and whooping cough.
Comfrey can be used as
an external remedy for healing.
Comfrey root can be added
to bath water to improve skin tone.
Comfrey root pulp when
heated can be used as effective external poultice for bronchitis,
pleurisy and pulled tendons.
Comfrey decoction can be used to treat
dysentery, diarrhea and stomach ulcers.
Comfrey root oil can be applied for healing shallow wounds, scratches, diaper rash or wind burned
Comfrey root powder can be consumed during
pregnancy for necessary nutrients.
Comfrey tonic can be used during pregnancy for
proper growth of the embryo.
Comfrey root is used in folk medicine as a first
aid remedy. Although comfrey root has many medicinal values and is most
commonly used, it is advisable not to take comfrey root internally for longer
period as it contains hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA's)