Botanical Name: Symphytum officinale, S. x uplandicum

Family: Boraginaceae

Energetics: cool, moist, tonifying

Taste: salty, astringent, bitter (this doesn’t really matter, because comfrey should not be taken internally)

Parts used: aerial parts, roots

Affinities: mucosal & integumentary tissues, respiratory system

Actions: demulcent, astringent, vulnerary, expectorant, antispasmodic, anticatarrhal, anti-rheumatic, anodyne, refrigerant, cell proliferant

Preparations: infusion, poultice, decoction, hydrosol, oil infusion

Cautions: Comfrey should not be taken internally, and long-term usage is not recommended.

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Extremely effective as a wound healer as it helps any tissue that needs to be knit back together. However, because it is so proficient at this, it is not recommended for puncture wounds or any wound where infection might still be lurking.
  • Comfrey is also excellent for healing burns due to its cooling and demulcent properties.
  • When made into a salve, comfrey is extremely effective for use on cuts, scrapes, strains, sprains, burns, stings, and bone breaks.



**This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. It is for educational purposes only.

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