Comfrey Leaf - - Symphytum uplandica x
Nourishing Herbal Infusions the Wise Woman Way
Comfrey-the-comforting, also known as knit-bone, strengthens and heals the bones,
the skin, the ligaments, the tendons, and the mucus surfaces of the intestines, the
lungs, the sinuses, the throat, the vagina, and the anus. It contains two alkaloid
groups: alantoin and PAs. Alantoin is responsible for comfrey's ability to heal any
injury - from bedsores to vaginal tears, from lacerations to piercings, from abrasions
to severe burns - quickly and thoroughly. Comfrey leaf infusion (not tea, not tincture,
not capsules) is very high in protein, macro- and trace-minerals, and every vitamin
needed for good health - with the exception of vitamin B12.
Drinking comfrey infusion has benefitted me in many ways: It keeps my bones
strong and flexible. It strengthens my digestion and elimination. It keeps my
lungs and respiratory tract healthy. It keeps my face wrinkle-free and my skin
and scalp supple. And, please don't forget, comfrey contains special proteins
needed for the formation of short-term memory cells. Comfrey (Symphytum)
leaf is free of the compounds (PAs) found in the root that can damage the liver. I
have used comfrey leaf infusion regularly for decades with no liver problems,
ditto for the group of people at the Henry Doubleday Research Foundation who
have eaten cooked comfrey leaves as a vegetable for four generations. Comfrey
is also known as "knitbone," and no better ally for the woman with thin bones
can be found.. Its soothing mucilage adds flexibility to joints, eyes, vagina, and
lungs. Comfrey leaf infusion used internally and as a sitz bath is excellent at
easing hemorrhoids .
Comfrey leaves are not only rich in
proteins, they are a great source of folic
acid, many vitamins, and every mineral
and trace mineral we need for a strong
immune system, a calm nervous system,
and a happy hormone system. See why
I'm so fond of comfrey? What a marvelous
ally she is! Not dangerous at all.
When I identify with comfrey, I feel
powerful and proud, beautiful and
exuberant. When I identify with comfrey,
I feel the flexibly that comes from being
knit together. When I identify with
comfrey, I feel very green.
How I do it: Two or three times a week, I drink a nourishing herbal infusion
made by steeping one ounce (by weight!) of dried comfrey (uplandica) leaves
and flowering stalks in four cups boiling water in a tightly-lidded quart canning
jar for 4-8 hours
Some people feel comfrey is not safe to use internally at all. I disagree. The roots of
comfrey do contain compounds that are best avoided during pregnancy. (As do all
parts of the wild plant.)
In fact, I rarely use comfrey root because of the possibility of liver congestion, and I
strongly caution those who have had hepatitis, chemotherapy, or alcohol problems
to strictly avoid comfrey root. Yet even these people can benefit from use of
comfrey leaf infusions. I harvest the flowering stalks when they are fully formed;
and I am careful to use the cultivated garden comfrey, which grows very tall and has
purplish, pinkish, bluish flowers. I avoid wild comfrey which stays rather small, even
when flowering, and has cream-colored, white, or yellowish flowers.
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