Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 2. THE HERBS

COMFREY

SYMPHYTUM

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Comfrey features an impressive cocktail of skin-healing compounds including allantoin, tannins, rosmarinic acid, saponins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, chromium, and vitamins, A, B, and C. Its leaves and stems are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and age-defying when added to skincare.

Did You Know?

This herb was a secret beauty ingredient with ancient civilizations for its skin-healing, anti-aging, and youth-promoting effects. It moisturizes, triggers skin cell turnover, brightens, protects from bacteria, inflammation, and redness, and nourishes skin layers. You’ll find it in beauty products like scrubs, masks, night creams, and blemish fighters. In the Middle Ages, it was renowned for treating broken bones, although modern scientists have yet to confirm that this particular remedy works.

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Herbal Power

MEDICINAL: Treats back pain, osteoarthritis, sprains, bruises, wounds, sore throat, joint pain, chest pain, and inflammation.

COSMETIC: Renews and rejuvenates skin, spurs cell turnover, fights wrinkles, protects from UV damage.

Application Methods

•Apply as an ointment, oil, salve, poultice, compress, facial scrub, anti-aging cream

•Use as an extract

Precautions

It’s not recommended to take comfrey by mouth due its pyrrolizidine alkaloids which can cause lung disease, cancer, and liver damage. It’s best used topically on unbroken skin for periods less than 10 days. Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Other Names

Ass Ear

Black Root

Blackwort

Gum Plant

Healing Herb

Knitback

Slippery Root

Wallwort

Locating & Growing

You’ll love comfrey in your garden because its vivid blue and purple flowers look fantastic, it’s easy to grow, and it thrives under the shade of other trees and plants. Only downside is that if you ever want to get rid of it, good luck. Its roots are brittle, breakable, and sprout new plants readily and easily.