In my garden grows a very use full plant that is considered to be an effective healer by many herbalists and a danger by many scientists. The comfrey plant is extremely controversial. There are as many proponents as there are opponents and the benefits are considered by many to outweigh the potential risks. In either case, before you decide, here is some valuable information about comfrey.
Comfrey is a powerful healing herb that is native to Europe and parts of Asia. It prefers to grow in moist soil. The plant has a thick, hairy stem, with oblong leaves. The leaves closer to the roots of the comfrey plant tend to be broader near the base and narrower at the ends. Its flowers are usually arranged in clusters and are purple, blue or whitish.
For thousands of years, comfrey has been used internally and externally to heal problems, such as eczema, cuts, sprains, broken bones, damaged joints and tissue, arthritis and rheumatism. Comfrey has been used medicinally in poultices, teas, salves and ointments. I have used it to heal cuts, mend bones and relieve strains. I have also seen it used to heal extreme tissue damage with amazing results.
Perhaps it is comfrey’s vitamin and mineral content that makes it beneficial to the body. Comfrey contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C and E. It is one of only two leafy green plants that actually contain vitamin B12, which is vital to the function of the brain and nervous system as well as cell metabolism. Comfrey’s mineral content is also impressive. Comfrey contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, sodium, boron, lead, sulphur, molybdenum, and zinc. Allantoin, rosmarinic acids and tannis are also found in comfrey and are considered beneficial to skin regeneration.