Comfrey Leaf - cut,

Herbs: Comfrey Leaf - Cut, Organically Grown

Common Names: Comfrey, gum plant, bruisewort, knit bone, nipbone, knit back, boneset
Latin Name: Symphytum officinale
Origin: USA/Hungary

Comfrey is high in calcium and vitamin C. It has a strong history of being used as an external application by itself or in poultices for the mending of wounds and broken bones. It is a contact healer, relieving pain and immediately helping to grow new flesh and bone. The Latin name itself translates "knitting together."


Excerpts from The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook

One of the main therapeutic substances in comfrey is allantoin, an anti-inflammatory that perks up the immune system, speeds wound healing, and encourages new skin and cell growth. It's a time-honored treatment for healing sores, bruises, and even broken bones. The tannins in comfrey are astringent, and the rosmarinic acid might contribute some anti-inflammatory assistance.

Precautions: Not recommended for internal use.


From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use comfrey often in external applications. It is readily available fresh, probably in your own back yard. It is not recommended for internal use.
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It is critical that comfrey is stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is highly recommended, but not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of it's highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

Customer Reviews

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making a poltice
by Alice Girvin on Aug 13, 2014

I have found a good way to make a poltice. Put a leaf in your mouth and chew on it so you have your saliva mixed with it. Then use it as a poltice

Taking comfrey internally
by Alice Girvin on Aug 13, 2014

I have a lot of comfrey and I put a leaf in my tea every day. I read where you should not eat the leaf, well I wanted to find out for myself, so I ate three leaves and I really started fealling sick. I do not eat the leaf anymore. I am sure putting a little in your salad would not be harmful

Comfrey in tea!
by Martina on Mar 21, 2014

I have never heard that you should not take comfrey internally. We had it growing wild on the farm we used to live on and we always added the leaves to our fresh mint tea. Then we dried it with our tea leaves and used it in the winter in tea. My mother-in-law said it enhances the flavor of the tea and helps with bone growth and healing. I'll have to research it more.

safety of comfrey
by Jennifer on Mar 11, 2014

I have read conflicting reports on the safety of comfrey external use verses internal. Many claim that comfrey (both root and leaf) can cause liver damage if used on an open cut. some even caution against its external use on broken skin. comfrey has been banned in several countries. Is there any cause for concern when using comfrey in a salve? on broken skin?

    Re: safety of comfrey
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 2, 2014

    Hello,
    Yes there is conflicting info. concerning the safety of comfrey so it is hard to know exactly how dangerous it is. Personally, we use it externally in salves or as a poultice on broken skin and bruises/sprains etc. We don't recommend taking it internally and we suggest doing your own research to help you decide if you want to use it on broken skin.
    Thank you!

Postpartum pads
by Diesel on Mar 2, 2014

I found quite a few recipies for these things on the internet for my wife and was wondering if it is a good idea. Yes it's topical but also kind of internal so was just making sure before I bought some

    Re: Postpartum pads
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 10, 2014

    Hello,
    Comfrey leaf is not recommended for taking internally but if the recipes are simply saying to apply on skin only, then it safe.

broken skin
by Amanda on Jan 31, 2014

Can you apply to broken skin? Like a skinned knee? Thanks!

    Re: broken skin
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 4, 2014

    Hello, it is fine to apply a Comfrey poultice or salve with Comfrey in it to broken skin. It is a great contact healer! Thanks!

Comfrey for tooth extraction?
by Rebecca on Jan 9, 2014

It seems comfrey is great for healing bone so I am curious as to how to use it in dental applications. I must have have 2 adjacent teeth extracted and really want the jaw bone to heal in properly. Could I use comfrey directly on the extraction sight as a poultice?
Thanks for any insight!

    Re: Comfrey for tooth extraction?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend doing an external poultice right on the jaw line where it needs to heal. Comfrey isn't usually recommend for internal use. Thanks!

Root
by Alex on Jan 6, 2014

Will you be getting in Comfrey root in? We have been looking around for it. We really enjoy your products but need this for some tinctures that we are making. If you could that would be GREAT!

    Re: Root
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

    Hello, unfortunately we do not carry Comfrey root only the leaf. Sorry!

Use
by Patti on Dec 7, 2013

can I use this in a salve?

    Re: Use
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 9, 2013

    Hello, Yes! That would be a great idea! Thanks!

Ligament
by Cherie on Oct 9, 2013

A young man I know injured his knee severely, the ligament detached, and I am wondering what would be best to help him, as it is not reattaching on it's own and even if it comes to surgery he will be looking at a 6 month wait. I have fresh frozen comfrey leaves and olive oil infused with comfrey. My comfrey plants are now dormant for the season, I also have some olive oil infused with plantains and a source for good quality essential oils. My first thought would just be to make a straight comfrey salve by adding beeswax and telling him to apply 2-3 times a day. I would be very thankful for insight.

    Re: Ligament
    by Bulk Herb Store on Oct 9, 2013

    Hello,
    Making a salve would be a great idea! With fresh comfrey not being available with the fall and winter months, a salve is the next best thing.

Unbelievable!
by Colleen on Oct 4, 2013

I'm 52 years old. Just over 30 hours ago I was walking down the sidewalk when the toe of my shoe caught on the pavement. Down I went, slamming my right knee and hand into the cement. Thinking it was just a stupid moment that would pass, as most things do... I got up and went about my day, limping and telling myself it would get better. It didn't. By evening my knee was so tender and inflamed that just a breeze across the surface would cause severe burning pain. My knee looked like someone had slit the skin and shoved a hockey puck underneath. It was hard and red and swollen, with a darker area down the center in a jagged line. When I awoke this morning it hadn't improved. I was unable to walk on it and was in a great deal of pain. When my husband came home from work he took a look at it and said "It looks like you broke your knee cap!" Not what I wanted to hear at all!! My daughter made me a poultice using St. John's Wort and Comfrey. After just a half an hour the swelling is down and there is no pain to the touch. While it hasn't been verified that it is indeed a break, I am so relieved to be out of pain and witnessing evidence of healing. I plan on treating it as a break and will continue to use the poultice adding Arnica with the next one. So relieved to not be hurting right now! Thank you so much for your product and Thank you Lord for your providence!

youtube sunburn spray
by Brenda on Sep 19, 2013

Saw the youtube for a sunburn spray. I burned my arms badly a couple of months ago and was wondering if the same 3 herbs would be helpful for skin restoration in a massage oil, or should I use red clover?

    Re: youtube sunburn spray
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 24, 2013

    Hello,
    You could make a salve as well! Comfrey can help heal scars! Thanks!

Reusing comfrey poultice
by Deanna on Sep 11, 2013

I made comfrey poultices from fresh comfrey growing in my yard. Can I reuse the same comfrey poultice, just re-heat it in the microwave? I am using it for sprained/pulled muscles in a knee.

    Re: Reusing comfrey poultice
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 11, 2013

    Hello,
    Ideally you'd want to make a fresh one every 4 hours as it loses its potency.

broken arm
by Tina Dyck on Aug 25, 2013

My son broke his arm and has to be in a cast for 14 weeks. When he finally gets it off would it still be beneficial to use the comfrey poultice on it?

    Re: broken arm
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 27, 2013

    Hello,
    Yes, comfrey can still help with swelling and soreness. Thanks!

Question about comfrey
by Jenny on Aug 16, 2013

Hello,
I have a confusing question about comfrey. My husband cut through about 80% of his right bicep in a work accident a little over a year ago (July, 2012)It did not hit his bone, and his bone was not broken but obviously the surgeons had to re-attach muscles and nerves etc. He has been in constant pain ever since. He just had his second operation in May 2013, but the pain continues (assuming it's the nerves, but not sure) My mother has advised me to try comfrey but it doesn't seem possible that it would "work" on this type of wound since it has had two operations and has been closed, etc. Do you guys know if comfrey could do anything for this type of problem, and if it could, what would you recommend doing with the comfrey? As in, how to apply it?

    Re: Question about comfrey
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 21, 2013

    Hello,
    A comfrey wrap could help! It can help with pain and any type of swelling around the bone. You could also try making a tincture out of white willow bark to help with the pain.

comfrey poultice for hemorrhoids
by jenny on Aug 6, 2013

Question: should you use a comfrey poultice for hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

    Re: comfrey poultice for hemorrhoids
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 8, 2013

    Yes! It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women including before, during or after pregnancy.

comfrey for burns
by Kathy Jo on Jul 3, 2013

My hubby got his finger badly burned at work. We have been applying honey from our bees and now it is stiff and still somewhat raw. Do you think that a comfrey poltice would be okay to help with stiffness on a raw wound?
Thank you for this site and information.

    Re: comfrey for burns
    by Bulk Herb store on Jul 19, 2013

    Yes, you can make a comfrey poultice. Since the finger is raw, you could soak his finger in a comfrey tea or just be sure to layer his finger with something thin like a cheese cloth before applying the poultice. Thank you!

freeze Comfrey
by Karen on Jun 24, 2013

Hello,
How would I freeze Comfrey? Any recommended way steps? Or do I just put it in a bag and in freezer?
Thanks,
Karen

    Re: freeze Comfrey
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 12, 2013

    If you mean the already dried comfrey then you can just store it in the freezer in a bag but if you are meaning fresh non-dried comfrey then what I would recommend is laying it in a dark room or hanging it up to dry. Wait until it is completely dried (somewhat crunchy) and then you can store it in a bag in the freezer. Thank you!

comfrey for achilles heel?
by Emily Pike on Jun 20, 2013

I have a sister who has been having a lot of trouble with her achilles heel and wondered if applying a comfrey poultice would be benificial? Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank-you

    Re: comfrey for achilles heel?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jun 27, 2013

    I would try it if it was me as comfrey is great for injured or sore muscles and tendons etc.

Lower back pain
by Lucy 06/17/2012 on Jun 17, 2013

I am thinking of buying the comfrey for my lower back pain. Will this help? And how should I use it? Thank you

    Re: Lower back pain
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jun 17, 2013

    I would try it if it was me! You can make a salve with it and apply as often as needed or apply it as a poultice.

Please share comfrey recipe
by Stacey on May 7, 2013

Hello could you please share your comfrey recipe for muscles. I would like to make this as I have severe arthritis in my knees and the comfrey works wonders but hard to find

    Re: Please share comfrey recipe
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 9, 2013

    The only recipe we have for muscles with comfrey in it would be the Muscle Salve Mix and we do not offer that recipe to our customers. Sorry!! But you could infuse your own oil with just comfrey or add other herbs if you want, or you can try our Muscle Salve Mix or Arthritis Salve Mix.

Cure for SHIN SPLINTS!!!!
by Elizabeth on May 6, 2013

HI BHS!!!

I had originally bought some comfrey a while back for a friend who broke her arm. I gave her a bunch to make poultices. Unfortunately, she never did it. Not an herb believer like me! Well, I've recent taken up running, and my shins are killing me. Then I remembered the comfrey, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to make a poultice and apply it to my shins. SO, after a minute poultice on both shins I actually can run my fingers up and down my shins with slight pressure without immense pain!!!! They are still tender, but not NEARLY as much as before. Another miracle thanks to a simple little herb!!! THANKS, BHS!!!!

Comfrey root vs comfrey leaves
by Christine on May 6, 2013

Is using comfrey root the same as using comfrey leaves when making a salve? I have organic comfrey root but have read that it is better to use the leaves. Do you agree?

    Re: Comfrey root vs comfrey leaves
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 9, 2013

    They do have the same properties according to what I have read about it, however it seems like the root has a higher level of pyrrolizidine alkaloids then the leaves and is therefore not recommended to use as much as the leaves, even in salves, because the pyrrolizidine alkaloids are toxic and may cause liver damage if taken internally. You can read more here:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/141045-comfrey-root-vs-comfrey-leaves/

Make a wound salve or tincture?
by Oma Heidi on Mar 12, 2013

Is it possible to make it into a salve or tincture.

    Re: Make a wound salve or tincture?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 26, 2013

    Yes!

poultice
by DLB on Mar 8, 2013

how do you make a poultice?

    Re: poultice
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 23, 2013

    Please see under our "How-To" and then click on the "How to make a poultice" to get the instructions! Thanks!

Comfrey again helping people
by Nilza on Feb 21, 2013

I have got this Confrey recipe in my country, Brazil where comfrey grows everywhere, it seems to stand any weather condition as far as I am concern. The recipe is simple and very effective for muscular pain. Everyone I have provided this recipe with has reported wonders, no pain, no pills from pharmacies, almost no cost at all for they are so cheap and you can grown it in your apartment in a vase where natural light reaches of course. It grows in no time too.
I will be happy to share this recipe on the Sharing Remedies on this site I see in my right side on the screen.

Comfrey root powder
by Manuela on Feb 8, 2013

I've read (but definitely needs more research), that comfrey root powder might fill in cavities naturally. So, I am assuming it might not be save for small children (due to swallowing of comfrey leaf in excess can cause damage). I am just wondering if you have heard anything about this. I will research more but if you already know some more about this I would be glad to know your sources. If not, I will let you know once I find out more.

Blessings,
Manuela

    Re: Comfrey root powder
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 17, 2013

    I had never heard about it before but it sounds interesting!

Comfrey Tea?
by Toni on Sep 6, 2012

Can this be used in teas?

    Re: Comfrey Tea?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 24, 2013

    We don't recommend to use it internally because it can cause damage if used in excess.

Miracle herb!!!
by Mindy Brasher on Jun 21, 2012

Dear BHS, I am writing to let you know what a miracle the comfrey poultice was for our son. In the Fall of 2011 our 13 year old son had a motor bike accident and landed full force on his left shoulder. He suffered a dramatic collar bone/clavicle break. So bad that you could put your finger in between the separated bones. His orthopedist gave us an 8 week window, and maybe a little more, of healing for such a severe break. I immediately found my BHS Catalog and then called the store to find out the best thing to heal this broken bone and fast. Comfrey. I ordered it and of course it came to us quickly. I applied the poultice compresses 2 times a day. The doctor was surprised a week and a half later at how quickly the bone was mending. By the second/ third week we saw major improvement in how much bone had grown. By four weeks my son was released from the doctor to go about his regular activities including playing on his tennis team. 4 Weeks! Bone Knit is a perfect name for this miracle herb. Thank you for making it available to us. We will be sharing the wisdom we have gleaned with all whom will listen.

Helped with Eye Injury
by Ami on Oct 13, 2009

My husband was hit in the eye with a chunk of firewood this week. It caused an abrasion over 90% of his eye and they had to scrape the tore up surface off his cornea. And of course his eyelids down to his cheekbone were very swollen and black and blue. Day 2 I started comfrey leaf poultices and now at day 5 he has only a tiny bruise, no swelling and almost no redness in the eyeball. His vision is even coming back well. There was concern that it may cause some blindness due to the severity of the injury. We are so thankful for the herbs God has given us to use!

Heals Bruising
by Michelle C. on Aug 24, 2009

Three weeks ago, I fell and broke my left arm in two places. One break is low, near my elbow. The other is high, in the area of my shoulder.

I began using the Comfrey and aloe on the area. WOW!! The bruising started healing in 24 hours. I couldn't see some bruising on and below my elbow, so it didn't receive the treatment. It is still very purple. Two days ago, I started treating it and I am amazed at the improvement. Besides healing the bruised areas, I have been in little to no pain. The Dr. cannot believe how quickly I am healing. Thank you!!!

Comfrey
by Nickie on Nov 8, 2006

My husband recently tore a ligament in his knee. The ligament was completely severed. I made a poultice from the dried comfrey leaves and applied it nightly to the injured knee. The pain quickly left and the "looseness" that came from the ligament being torn slowly went away. His bad knee is feeling better than his good one! I also followed your recipe for muscle rubs using the comfrey and have experienced wonderful results. For example- I applied it to my wrist that had been aching for days and in the morning there wasn't any pain. Thank you for offering your products at such a reasonable price, but more than that , thank you for such an excellent resource full of information on various herbs. Your web site has been a blessing!

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