Comfrey: The Comforting Herb

Nephritis

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Posted by Brian (Wendouree/Ballarat, Victoria/Australia) on 08/27/2008
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When 7 years old, I nearly died of nephritis [ kidney disease ]. At 39 year old, the pain in that area made me almost weep and it needed to be stopped. I felt something inside said to fast, take only lemon juice and eat "raw" comfrey - I did this from 4.00 pm friday until lunch time sunday and I have never had a pain there since and I am now 68years old. "I thank God for Comfrey" - since then I have spoke to people who have also been set free of disease in the kidneys through comfrey and its healing "alantoin". I only ate about 7 hand sized leaves over 3 days.

Replied by Norma
(NYC)
01/11/2024

Comfrey is a shrub. What parts did you eat raw? Leaves, flowers, roots?

Replied by anthony
(texas)
04/22/2024

I know this is an old post but I try it anyways since I would like to try this fast.

Hi Brian,

How many lemons did you juice from Friday 4 PM until Sunday noon?

Did you drink the lemon juice while chewing the raw comfrey leaves?

Or you drank the lemon juice on empty stomach 1- 2 hours away from the raw comfrey leaves?

These details would be critical to know.

Thank you very much


Nephritis, Kidney Disease

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Posted by Brian (Wendouree/Ballarat, Victoria/Australia) on 08/27/2008
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When 7 years old, I nearly died with nepthritis [ kidney disease ]. At 39 year old, the pain in that area made me almost weep and it needed to be stopped. I felt something inside said to fast, take only lemon juice and eat "raw" comfrey - I did this from 4.00 pm friday until lunch time sunday and I have never had a pain there since and I am now 68years old. "I thank God for Comfrey" - since then I have spoke to people who have also been set free of disease in the kidneys through comfrey and its healing "alantoin". I only ate about 7 hand sized leaves over 3 days.

Replied by Jacqui
(Scottsville, Kentucky)
06/24/2009
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I was facinated with Brian of Australia Comfrey remedy for his kidney troubles.

I am a New Zealander living in Kentucky USA..as a child my Mum(part Maori) always added a few leaves of Comfrey into the cabbage etc,she also told me when I had babies to add a leaf or two into my babies vegetables,and I always did that.

Over my life I have ALWAYS grown Comfrey in my garden,it makes a wonderful tea for the garden plants,and my Mum would use it in her compost. The common name for Comfrey is Knitbone..because it knits together,it is an ancient herb.Unfortunately withing the last 20years some silly persons have over indulged (OMG they must have drunk buckets of Comfrey tea) consequently comfrey has been labelled now. I believe EVERYTHING in moderation.. I have heard of someone dyeing from drinking too much water..if you understand what I mean.

Since living in Kentucky a long way from my Homeland, I have been able to buy a Comfrey plant,and my Comfrey is my treasure, I make a tea from her..I can gargle with the tea..I can add honey and a little ginger powder if I had a cold or flu..comfrey is great for the lungs..bladder etc.

Comfrey leaf if crushed (roll the rolling pin over to crush stalk) and put on a cut with gauze,and wrapped in plastic wrap,within 24hours cut will be sealed, do the same thing for bruising,grazing etc.. back in New Zealand many of the horse trainers use Comfrey for their horses legs when hurt.. Comfrey can also be dried out in the sun and kept air tight to use throughout the Winter..hope you are all healed now Brian.

Regards Jacqui


Poison Oak

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Posted by Louis jordan (North Carolina) on 09/25/2022
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Comfrey stops the itching after an hour. Just mush up the leaves with water. Apply to itchy area and keep it wet. It worked for me with full blown poison oak with blisters, even after it spread to between my fingers. Btw: I wonder if the whole flare up is a detox cycle cleansing out other toxins that were already there.


Prolapse

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Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 09/06/2009
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Comfrey for Prolapse... Comfrey is supposed to be phenomenal stuff. Google "comfrey uses". Some people say not to ingest it, only to apply it topically; but at least one site says that fear is from poor laboratory studies, and that it's safe to ingest. It is said to work by speeding the healing process dramatically.


Receding Gums

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Posted by Johnr (La Mesa) on 10/14/2015
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For those with receeding gums, you might look into toothpastes that include Comfrey powder. Full disclosure, I have not used comfrey for this purpose. The substance "allantoin" found in comfrey is known to promote cell proliferation and help heal wounds. I've read that comfrey is recommended for external use only (although I drink comfrey leaf tea now and then and have had no problems). Earthclinic's section on comfrey is well worth reading. Comfrey is a wonderful healing herb with many uses ... perhaps gum healing is one of them.


Russian Comfrey (Symphytum X Uplandicum)

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Posted by T. (U.S.) on 05/14/2024
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Where Can You Find Russian Comfrey (Symphytum X Uplandicum) for Sale in the U.S.?

Does anyone know where to find Russian Comfrey (symphytum x uplandicum)? I hear it is the best for repairing bones, teeth, etc. I thought I had the right Comfrey before (symphytum officinale), but I recently heard that that form of Comfrey is best for inflammation, not tissue repair. I really need some help finding Russian Comfrey here in the States.

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, USA)
05/15/2024
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The Bocking comfreys are genetically modified. You understand that, right? They were designed to not seed to increase yields. Some animals won't even eat #14 unless it's all they can get. And even then, some just plain won't eat it. The most complete food on the planet and animals don't want it? THAT'S why we want non-GMO plants.

Madelyn
(Idaho)
05/15/2024

Hi Cindy, what type would you recommend? The officinale?


Skin Conditions

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Posted by SJHersh (Catskills Comfrey) (Fleischmanns, NY ) on 02/03/2021
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I am a comfrey immersive, ie, I use comfrey a lot, mostly in the form of comfrey-based topical ointments I create myself under my brand. A poultice is the most effective form of application but having fresh leaves is impractical for most folks.

I use comfrey for significantly impacting my Trigger Finger symptoms by applying the ointment fully to my hands 3-4x weekly just before I go to sleep.

I use comfrey to treat wasp stings, sunburn, rashes that arise on my body and, in conjunction with CBD, I apply it to my left knee which is beginning to present with pain: the comfrey+CBD mitigates the pain for several days. The topical ointment of fractionated coconut oil and Greek olive oil, along with the infused comfrey, makes an ideal foot 'softener'.

I use a poultice of dried comfrey (soaked in boiling water) on my eyes if they become sore or tired. I have AMD and get an eye injection every 8 weeks; occasionally this results in a bruised, sore eye. Bathing the eyes in a comfrey wash rapidly mitigates this soreness overnight, reducing the soreness from the usual several days to an overnight of discomfort.

Yes, I am prejudiced for comfrey - and for good reason.

Seth J Hersh


Soil Conditioner

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Posted by Tinam (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) on 04/12/2011
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Comfrey is great for churning soil. If you have useless soil, plant some comfrey and you'll have good soil in no time. It is very hard to get rid of once you decide to plant other crops as even the smallest piece of root left in the ground will propogate, however, it is probably a great companion plant regardless, and you can use the leaves and root to make a good insecticide by steeping in a bucket of water for a week and then spraying on plants. Add garlic to the steeping solution as well.


Sprains

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Posted by Bethbs (England) on 05/13/2024
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Having badly sprained an ankle and had to walk on it for a mile or so, at the first opportunity, of course I raised it and applied ice without any noticeable diminution of pain. I couldn't move my toes and the pain was excruciating right up to and beyond the knee. Application of a paste made from several large comfrey leaves, liquidised with water and flour to make a fairly stiff, spreadable compress, held in place with Cling Film and an elastic bandage, seemed to provide very effective relief within a couple of hours.

It was removed overnight for convenience but replaced next morning when the pain had returned and again seemed to reduce that pain very quickly and effectively.

I wouldn't normally post a remedy after only one trial, since coincidence and placebo effects may play a part but I'm not planning to have another sprain. I am convinced the comfrey took down the pain extraordinarily quickly.

Traditionally known as Knitbone, the roots of Comfrey are said to be even more efficaceous than the leaves. I've also read that the ankle can be soaked in an infusion of comfrey leaf or root. I haven't tried these methods.

Comfrey is, however, a potent liver toxin so shouldn't be taken internally or applied to open wounds.

I should also add, as a caveat, that after 2 days of use, I've noticed a bit of a tic on the fingers on that side, which may or may not be coincidence, may or may not be related to absorption of the comfrey; or may be related to insult to the nerves, due to the accident.


Sprains, Bruises, Tooth Infection

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Posted by Patricia (Roseburg, Oregon Usa) on 04/12/2011
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We have lots of comfrey growing and use it for a number of things.

We make poultices for sprains and bruises by putting the roots and leaves in the blender with a bit of water. We don't cook it. Then we drink the leftover liquid. Can add juice or honey, etc. , to make it taste better. We don't worry about toxicity. My daughter got a bad sprained ankle 3 days before a hike. We made the poultices twice, she drank some of the stuff. Ankle was fine for the hike.

Another daughter cured an abscessed tooth by drinking the blended comfrey roots and leaves for a few days. But be careful about planting it in an area that will be tilled. It only takes a tiny piece of root to make a new plant, and is hard to get rid of in the garden. Plant it in an out-of-the-way place where it can take over.


Staph

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Posted by Anita (Theodore, Al, Usa) on 11/04/2011
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I am SOLD ON Comfrey!

Called the "Miracle Herb", it is a miracle in so many ways!

Someone on this site mentioned Comfrey for the healing of boils caused by staph.

I LOVE it! I even grow it in my garden, now. You can make a poultice of it for broken bones, sprains, tennis elbow, gout, and usually one treatment will amaze you!

I plan to make a paste of it and baking soda to place on my red areas on my scalp for Folucitis (caused by staph _ MRSA found via a nasal culture. ) If I can locate it, I may try the tinture.

You can also buy Comfrey in dried leaves, roots, and some places sell the tinture.

Because comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) which are toxic to the liver, I feel it has received a bad rap.

Andrew Hughes, researched Comfrey for over 30 years, and was around 90 or 94 when he wrote the book "Comfrey, the Miracle Herb". He said his entire family had consumed lots of Comfrey on a daily basis for that many years, receiving only benefits.

Comfrey is very nutritious and you can make green energy drinks from it, using other greens and juice, like pineapple. A friend of mine likes celery in hers.

You should consult your health care provider, if you have any liver problems.

I personally have had Hepatitis C, and use Comfrey without fear.

Replied by Bonnie
(South Carolina)
10/03/2015

I love comfrey and always have it growing in my garden. However, the tincture will not work well for broken bones, sprains, and such. You really need a whole herb compress as water is a much better menstruum for comfrey.

Replied by Mary
(Arcadia, Ca)
10/07/2017

How much dried Comfrey do I put in a smoothie. Cup or tablespoons?

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee)
10/07/2017

Dear Mary,

I usually use a large comfrey leaf in my smoothie (the size of a large hand.) If it were dried it would perhaps make a tablespoon of dried comfrey leaf. (I will try and actually dry a leaf and let you know how much it is for sure.)

It may be better to start with a teaspoon and work up from that, though, to make sure it suits you.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mary
(Arcadia, Ca)
10/08/2017

Dear Mama to Many;

Thank you so much for your reply I already started taking 1 1/2 tsp with my smoothie. I will add a little more later to see how I do. Thank you so much.

Many blessings,

Mary


Surgical Wounds

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Posted by Gloria Gaye (Clearfield, Utah) on 06/26/2011
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In 1995, I was living in a small rural town without medical facilities when my bowel ruptured. When my husband got me to the hospital in a neighboring town, they did emergency surgery and removed 14 inches of my descending bowel. Because I had peritonitis, they weren't able to close the incision completely. It had to heal on it's own. I was taught by a home health nurse to pack the opening, which went from my breastbone to my pubic bone and was gaping open about four inces across. Each day I would wet yards and yards of gauze with sterile saline, fill the wound and cover it with a dressing. I was told it would take three months for the sides to pull together and close. I had comfrey growing in my yard, and decided to do what I could to help myself. I made strong comfrey tea with the sterile saline and soaked the gauze in the tea before packing the wound. I don't have to tell you how gross it looked with the green gauze soaked with body fluids, but I watched, each day, facinated, as tiny translucent, flesh colored globes of granulation tissue grew in the bottom of the wound. The home health nurse came ince a week and was amazed at how rapidly the wound was closing and how free of infection it remained. When I went for my six week checkup, the doctor said, "Your nurse has told me what you've been doing. I want to see this. " When he removed the dressing (which I'd put on for his benefit) he said, "Well, I'll be --------. " All that was under the dressing was a clean white scar, completely healed. I've used comfrey, as have these other people, for many purposes, for many years, but this was the most spectacular. Right now I'm using it as a poultice on a biopsy of a cancer on my nose while I'm waiting the results. Whatever the outcome, I know I'll heal well with comfrey.


Where to Buy: Canada

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Posted by Atilla (Winnipeg, CA) on 11/04/2014

Hey there EC geeks was just wondering if you would know where if anywhere in Canada, comfrey aka "bone knit" might be available from. Just did a keyword search with Google and you guys topped great list. :) Please and Thank You.

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)
11/04/2014
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Comfrey is also called SYMPHITUM. Available as dried herb in health stores or online herbal companies.

This herb is so outstanding in its healing actions, that government interference has labelled it dangerous, side effects, liver etc. People have taken it daily and given it to horses and dogs without ever a complaint. This herb is a gift.

Namaste, Om


Where to Buy: Canada
Posted by Michelle (Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, Canada) on 12/20/2013

Where can I buy comfrey? I am looking to buy seasoned comfrey root or tincture. Please help me:)

Replied by Ed2010
(Canada)
12/21/2013
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You can buy comfrey roots in any herbal stores. It is widely available in GTA. I bought mine from Herbies-Herbs in Queen Street, Toronto. Or look for the brand Celebration Herbals, it has comfrey tea bags Good Health

Replied by Joanne
(Victoria, Bc)
01/20/2014
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You can buy bulk from any health food store worth its salt, or from Wild Rose Herbs from Calgary. Also, Community Foods in Calgary, although I can't say where in Edmonton. Any health food store can tell you.

Replied by Pamela
(Toronto)
01/21/2014

Hello there, I bought Comfrey many times from this online store: www.torontoherbs.com. They have it cut and sifted and into powder form. Best regards, Pamela

Replied by Mary
(Arcadia)
02/05/2016
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You can buy Comfrey leaf at Mountain Rose Herbs.com in the USA I went there to check it out they also carry powder as well. Good luck to all of you.

Mary


Wonders of Comfrey

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Posted by Georgina (Tolmie, Victoria, Australia) on 04/23/2013
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Having grown and used Comfrey for the past forty years, and amazed at not only it's useage as a medicinal herb, but as a great food for animals, I would have thought it deserved a place as one of THE great herbs available to mankind.

When every wild thing (Deer, Kangaroos, wombats etc. ,) come for miles around to raid your garden, and the only thing they want to eat is your Comfrey, you can bet their natural instincts know a thing or two!!



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