Comfrey Symphytum Officinale, the wonder herb.
That has been used in herbal medicine for centuries.
It goes by the nickname of knit bone, which is due to its ability to accelerate healing of broken bones.
It’s often used in skin care products, because it has a real affinity with the skin:
- It’s excellent for inflamed skin conditions
- Hydrating, it retains moisture in the skin tissues
- It has wonderful cellular rejuvenating properties
- Soothing and calming
- It’s extremely wound healing
Comfrey Symphytum Officinale
Properties and Uses
- Comfrey leaf officinale, is excellent for healing bruises and scrapes effectively
- It is said to help repair broken bones, fractures and muscle damage
- One of the main components in comfrey leaf is Allantoin, a compound that is used to hasten skin regeneration, it is known to possess cell proliferating properties which assists tissue healing
- Comfrey Root, is packed full of lovely phytosterols, making it a great anti-inflammatory
- Studies also indicate, that a component of comfrey known as rosmarinic acid also has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm and soothe stressed skin
Vulnerary and Astringent
- Comfrey symphytum officinale, contains the amino acid gamma-aminobutryic acid, which has anti-varicose vein properties
- It also helps with water retention
- Comfrey is also useful in the healing of minor wounds, both internal and external, it helps to increase cell production encouraging wounds to heal over rapidly
- It offers wonderful natural anti-bactericidal properties
- The catechins in comfrey are antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial
Comfrey symphytum officinale has wonderful emollient properties, this is due to the fact that it contains another amino acid asparagine, which is really moisturising.
It also contains a large amount of mucilage, a gelatinous material which creates comfrey’s lovely soothing properties.
For skin applications its best used as a poultice or infused in liquid and used as topical treatment.