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Comfrey Leaves, Comfrey Roots

Other Names: Comfrey, Knitbone, Boneset, Slippery Root, Blackwort, Bruisewort, Consound, Healing Herb, Gum Plant, Knitback, Ass Ear, Miracle herb, Wallwort, Symphytum Officinale
Traditional Usages: Food, Ulcerationnin the Gastrointestinal Tract, Colitis, Hiatus Hernia, Bleeding from the Stomach, Throat, Bowel, Bladder and Lungs. Tuberculosis, Irritating Cough, 'Dry' Lung Complaints, Pleurisy, Bone Fractures, Rickets, Wasting Disease, Varicose Ulcers, Indolent Irritating Sores, Pus forming Boils and Gangrene. Bruises, STD Skin Lesions, Scalding, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Poultice use for Severe Cuts,Ulcers, Abscesses and to reduce Swelling around damaged or fractured bones, Sprains and Bruises, Period Pains
Resources: Europe, Western Asia, North America, Australia
Parts Used: Leaves, Roots, Rhizomes
Administration Method: Crushed root, extracts, the pressed juice of the fresh plant for semi-solid preparations and poultices for external use. 
Herb Action: Astringent, anti-inflammatory, cell proliferator, demulcent, heals wounds, bone, and cartilage.
Herbal Research: Comfrey Leaves
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Internal use is discouraged for fear of Liver damage. The use of Comfrey is restricted in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.
Comfrey products should not be taken internally. When using Externally, it is recommended applying Comfrey extracts no longer than 10 days in a row, and no more than 4–6 weeks a year

Comfrey Leaves, Comfrey Roots - Herbal remedy for Mastitis: Make a poultice of comfrey leaves.  Apply hot applications to the infected breast four times daily. This will soothe the nipples and help draw out the infection. Prepare fresh or dried comfrey leaves the same way as parsley. A hot compress or poultice of comfrey leaves soothes sore nipples, softens engorged tissues, reduces the pain of swollen breasts, and helps unblock tubes and ducts.
Health Warning: Only use comfrey root preparations externally. 

Comfrey Root – Herbal remedy for Ingrown Toenails: If you have an ingrown toenail, relieve the pain with a footbath. Add half an ounce of comfrey root to half a gallon (2 quarts) of warm water in a basin. Soak your foot in it for 20-minutes.
Health Warning: Comfrey products are for External Use only.

Comfrey Root Powder - Herbal remedy for Piles: Comfrey is a herb that is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and aids in the formation of new skin. It has been proven to shrink hemorrhoids, including those outside of the anus and make it possible for them to be pushed easily back inside. The anti-inflammatory properties are credited to its roots that contain a lot of allantoin. Allantoin is known to promote healing by aiding in cell regeneration. Make a cream or paste by mixing comfrey root powder with olive oil, fish oil and flaxseed oil. If you are unable to buy comfrey root in powder form, you can buy the pre-cut, dried roots that are available in many herbal stores and put them in the coffee grinder to make a powder. Then you can apply the paste directly on the affected and surrounding area. It is advised to apply it at night before sleeping and leave it there for the rest of the night.
Health Warning: Comfrey products are for External Use only.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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