The herbal tea benefits of comfrey are versatile, as you will soon learn. But first, let’s learn about this wondrous plant.
This herb is classified as Symphytum officinale. It grows in many areas of the world, from Europe to North America. It is a perennial herb that grows to about five feet tall and loves soft moist ground. It is found growing in meadows or valleys in sun or partial shade.
It has dark green long oval shaped leaves that grow on the upright branch at the top of the plant. Comfrey blooms from May to September. It has soft bell-shaped flowers that are either purple, white, cream colored or yellow. The leaves are hairy and prickly. The leaves of the plant are believed to contain the healing properties.The root of the plant is dark, almost black, on the outside. The inside of the root is pale and fleshy. The root secretes a thick liquid.
If you want to grow your own comfrey, it is best to plant it in the spring or autumn and let the plant become established. This is important to do before harvesting the leaves for tea making the following year.
Space the plants at least 30 inches apart. Harvest just as flower stalks rise. These plants can be invasive; it is best to grow where it can remain undisturbed. It will last as long as 20 years in a garden.
To harvest you must wear gloves, the leaves can irritate the skin.
Comfrey is commonly known as “knitbone” and for good reason. In medieval times it was used to treat fractured bones. It contains such active constituents as mucilage, saponins, tannins, carotene and beta-sitosterol, the main healing factor in comfrey leaves appears to be allantoin, which promotes and encourages the rapid growth of cells. Today, researchers confirm that comfrey can enhance healing of bones as is does speed up the natural replacement of body cells.
It is a popular alternative used to heal wounds, pressure or bed sores and bruises. It is high in calcium and vitamin C, and contains carotene (vitamin A), B12, and chlorophyll to promote healing. So the “teas” we will be discussing will be for uses outside the body and not to be taken internally.
Comfrey is used as a contact healer for external use, as when taken internally it can cause liver damage. As herbal tea remedies, this herb is for topical use only because it contains hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids. In 2001, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against internal usage of this herb.
This should not replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs.
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The use of this herb may help:
Bath for sores
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Use this tea an external remedy for inflammation and swelling
Use this recipe on acne, insect bites, bruises, cold sores
Never apply comfrey to broken skin. Apply it instead to the skin around the affected area. Take 1/4 cup fresh leaves or a few dried leaves. Cover with boiling water. Allow to steep for 20 minutes, to make a strong “tea”. Soak a cloth in the tea, gently wring out and apply dampened cloth to the swelling of affected area. Leave soaked cloth on for about 10 minutes, then soak the cloth in tea again, and repeat.
Use this recipe to make ice cubes and use as a cold compress. This is great to use to decrease varicose veins as well.
Comfrey Tea Soap
This soap will soothe chapped hands and irritating skin conditions.
Grate 4 bars of ivory soap or homemade soap, if you prefer. Stir in 4 Tablespoons of rolled oats cereal that you have finely grated in a blender. Add into the grated soap and set aside.
Take 1 cup of finely chopped comfrey leaves and place in a warm jar. Cover leaves with boiling water. Screw on lid and let “tea” steep at least 20 minutes.
Add the tea to the grated soap and oats mixture a little at a time, until you make a bar of soap. Or place in a soap mold if you prefer. Allow drying completely before using.
Comfrey Herbal Tea Bath
To decrease varicose veins, sooth irritating skin, and relax
2 T Epsom salts (optional)
2 T comfrey leaf
1 T orange peel
1 T lemon verbena
2 T green tea
2 T jasmine flowers
Put all ingredients in a muslin bag, tie and place under tap to allow the water to run through the herbs. Enjoy!
Comfrey Hair Rinse
Great for any hair type.
Take 1 cup of the leaves or roots of the plant. Place in a container and cover with boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes to make a strong “tea”. Use Comfrey tea hair rinse and pour it over your hair in the shower. Don't rinse. You will experience softer and stronger hair.
Comfrey “Tea” for the Garden
This tea is a must have for any organic gardener. It is very high in potash and other essentials for plant nutrition, which makes it ideal for feeding your plants. Cost effective.
Place leaves into a water tight container with a brick on top to weigh the leaves down. Add enough water just to cover the leaves. Allow the mixture to stand for 4 weeks.
Now this is the hard part, the result is a ready to use fragrant foul smelling comfrey “tea” that can be diluted and watered onto plants. Your plants will love it; your neighbors will hate it. You will the results of this inexpensive fertilizer when it brings such wonderful abundance at harvest time. If you share with your neighbors, they will be more forgiving of the smell next year.
To use, just fill a watering can about ¼ full with comfrey tea and then the rest with water. If you want to spray your plants, use 1 Tablespoon Comfrey tea to 2 pints of water and 1 or 2 drops of dish soap.
This mixture is great for tomatoes, potatoes and peppers.
Other useful herbs
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