Comfrey: Symphytum officinale (L.)
About comfrey root: Comfrey root is spindle-shaped, thick, with a brownish-black bark. When cut, the root is a creamy white and oozes sticky mucilage. Comfrey is a perennial herb that grows wild in damp places. The roots and leaves are primarily used in herbal preparations.
Quality Assured: Our certified organic comfrey root is responsibly sourced from Croatia. This herb is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and grown without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Our experts here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally evaluate every herb through taste, touch, and smell to assure that you are receiving the best botanicals suitable for use.
Benefits: High in mucilage, comfrey is best used in topical preparations. However, because there is not adequate substantive scientific research as defined by the FDA we are unable to provide any guidance on how to use this herb. We suggest you do your own research.
Cautions and Contraindications: The AHPA classifies comfrey for external (topical) use only and not to be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. They recommend limiting topical application to four to six weeks of daily use. The AHPA warns against applying directly to broken or abraded skin.
Comfrey root Symphytum officinale: 1 ounce
Lemon balm leaves Melissa officinalis: 1 ounce
Chickweed leaves Stellaria media: ½ ounce
Place all the herbs together in hot to simmering water and let sit for three to five minutes. Strain herbs out, saving the water, and allow to cool slightly. Wash area with herb waters, and then apply warm wet herb matter to skin. Cover with muslin cloth if desired. Leave on until herbs cool completely. You can repeat up to three times daily as desired.
Looking for more wonderful ways to use comfrey root? Check out this blog post on making a natural after-shave lotion with comfrey.