Grow comfrey as part of your preparedness.
Hello. I am a veterinarian in a rural area. One plant I grow is comfrey. I have used comfrey to speed bone healing and to speed skin growth in degloving wounds. We can all get injuries. How will you heal them? It is something to think about- especially since in the future a covid vaccine may be required for any hospital visit. Many of my clients cannot afford to get a skin graft for their dog’s leg or a plate put on a cat’s broken bone. I have them use comfrey. For wounds I mix it in raw, local honey and apply directly to the wound. It’s pretty safe, even on wounds where the muscle is showing and skin is ripped off. For broken bones, I have the pet take it orally. The FDA has said comfrey is liver toxic. This is because the active ingredient, allantoin, is liver toxic in certain medications where it has been lab created and given as pure allantoin. In rats the liver toxic dose of comfrey requires the rat to ingest it’s body weight in comfrey per day for 3 years. Comfrey has long been used safely by people and animals. I have used it on my cousin, on my chickens, on clients dogs, cats, and ducks with great success. An excellent book that I started with as a young vet (and still refer to often) is “Medicine of the Earth” by Suzanne Fisher-Rizzi. It tells you everything you need to know about healing with the plants that are covered in the book. I wish everyone a gentle yet resilient life.
If I remember right Comfrey is a spreader. Comfrey tea is beneficial. https://www.livestrong.com/article/432725-comfrey-tea-benefits/
Very useful information. Thank you.
The blue flowered comfrey , uplandicum, spreads by root division. The yellow, officianale, self sows. I’ve never seen the yellow for sale. Susun Weed says the uplandicum doesn’t contain the toxic alkaloids and is fine for tea. http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/June08/wisewoman.htm
In permaculture lingo, comfrey is one of the best dynamic accumulators. It’s deep tap roots access minerals that have leached below the root zone of most plants. It then incorporates them in copious biomass (leaves and stems) which then decompose into luscious top soil with, of course, a lot of carbon too. To keep it from getting out of hand, cut it aggressively several times a year and use it as mulch and chicken feed.
I am going to try that. I have a small area (gouge wound) on my left forearm that is taking forever to heal. I am going to give comfrey a try.
We have a patch of comfrey. It has not spread beyond it’s 4 foot locale over the 10 plus years we have lived with it(it is just surrounded by field grass ). I have not used it medicinally but have always wondered about it. Thanks Gryphon.
Mush it into a poultice. Put on wound. Wrap cling wrap around it overnight. It’s green. Will stain. Keep the rest in a ziplock spread thin and frozen. Break off a chunk when you need it.
Thanks for that advice.
Quercus bicolor “Which part of the plant do I use for wound healing?”
I use the leaves. Dehydrated or fresh. Crush them up in honey and apply to the wound. A bandage helps keep it in place. Or drink as a tea. Works both ways.