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I have been hard at work for the last week putting together a local class. I’m talking about herbal remedies and using natural ways to take care of your family. All from a minimalist point of view.

I’m excited. And really nervous.

Herbs have been on my mind non-stop for the last week. With that, I thought it would be fitting to give you a little information on one of my favorite herbs, comfrey.

Comfrey stands out from the rest because of all its goodness. This herb is a staple in my house and I use it for many reasons.

I include it in all of my skin healing balms because of its ability to heal sores, abrasions and bruises quickly. Comfrey’s mucilagenous property makes it soothing to irritated skin. Think diaper rash, scrapes and new tattoos. 🙂

Several stories I’ve read reported that broken bones heal faster when a comfrey salve is applied. Another story pointed to comfrey tincture as a foot bath additive for stubbed toes or feet that have had something heavy dropped on them. Like a ridiculously heavy old Mac book, perhaps.

Comfrey promotes fast healing and much-needed pain relief.

Added to an ointment it also does very well for treating hemmorhoids. Yet another joy of giving birth. 😉

Comfrey infuses well into massage oil and does a great job at easing those tender spots. My dad created his own muscle rub using comfrey, arnica and devil’s claw that brings amazing relief to arthritis and other sore areas. My sister-in-law asks for a massage with it every time we see each other.

Used internally, it has many benefits, including healing stomach ulcers and hemmorhoids, as well as treating pernicious anemia with its high vitamin B12 content.

HOWEVER, young comfrey leaves contain poisons called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are carcinogenic, so consuming comfrey is highly cautioned against. Thankfully, these alkaloids are NOT absorbed through the skin.

Phew, right? There’s no way I’m giving this herb up.

How to use it

Use comfrey to create tinctures, decoctions and balms. A comfrey balm is an excellent tool to have in your herbal first-aid kit.

Cautions

Avoid consumption.

I’m off to do some heavy grocery shopping and put the finishing touches on my class. Wish me luck!