Comfrey is one of my all time favorite plants to work with. Unfortunately, she has gotten a bad reputation of being bad for your liver. This is true and untrue. WILD comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is toxic. Cultivated comfrey (Symphytum uplandica x) which gardeners and herbalists use is not. Comfrey has been used traditionally for centuries without incident. It’s nickname “knit bone” is from it’s ability to strengthen and speed healing of broken bones. Comfrey is a beautiful plant that promotes cellular regeneration. It is fabulous for your joints, bones, muscles, skin, hair, and improves short term memory! Also, it is rich in folic acid, proteins, and vitamins and minerals.
The best way to add comfrey to your life, is to drink a quart or two of comfrey infusion a week. You don’t know how to make an infusion, you say? It is really, very easy.
- Put one ounce of DRIED plant material in a quart sized mason jar.
- Add boiling water.
- Cap mason jar.
- Allow to steep for at least 4 hours-up to overnight.
- Strain and refrigerate.
- Drink the infusion over the course of 1-2 days (after 2 days, its shelf life is suspect).
Comfrey is rich in tannins, so it may make your mouth pucker a bit. Add a tablespoon of dried peppermint to your infuse if you wise to improve the taste.
Adding comfrey as your green ally will be sure to make a positive impact in your health and wellness.
As always, this article is for informational purposes only. Any advice given has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not meant to treat or diagnose. Consult your primary care provider.