Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a plant that was once much more often described in the herbal literature. Reportedly, it appeared in many recipes in the book "Let's Return to Medicinal Herbs", but in new editions it has been replaced with other herbs. Korżawska also writes about him. This author is not afraid to propose comfrey as a herb to be eaten. In my opinion, such self-treatment is irresponsible.
We can meet him in wetlands. In his case, the raw material is roots. The root is obtained from two-year-old plants, cleansed from the ground and the remains of the stem. After washing, the roots are cut off and dried in a dryer. The root must be kept in a dry place as it tends to get wet. The whole procedure of obtaining the raw material is quite complicated, so the easiest way is to visit a herbalist's shop and buy it in a package.
What ingredients does comfrey root contain?
Comfrey root contains allantoin, tannins, mucilage substances, polyphenols, starch and many other substances. It also contains alkaloids that cannot be used orally. In some countries it is completely excluded from oral mixtures, and there are also concerns about whether it penetrates the body through the skin. Stefania Korżawska talked about treatment with it many times, it is also widely used by many people suffering from bone and joint pain. It is safest to use it in the form of ointment bought at the store.
The use of comfrey
Allantoin contained in comfrey accelerates wound healing. The use of comfrey on damaged skin is not safe due to the aforementioned alkaloids. The comfrey root can be poured with alcohol, thanks to which we will get a liquid ready to be applied to the skin. We use them for pain in bones and joints.
Preparations containing comfrey and other ingredients are very good - I recommend you DR Muller Pharma comfrey ointment - it has helped many patients in the store where I worked .. If you want to be sure what we have in the composition and what we use - let's make the ointment ourselves.
We make the ointment by small cuts of the comfrey root, then pour it with fat - goose lard, petroleum jelly or oil. We use the ointment twice a day.