Comfrey Ointment for Healing and Tissue regeneration
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Comfrey is such a great healing herb, the roots and leaves contain Allantoin, a substance that promotes wound healing and tissue regeneration. A poultice of the leaves and or root can be used to heal wounds, burns, bruises, ulcers, dry irritated skin conditions and will help prevent scars. Comfrey also contains Rosmarinic acid which along with the tannins is responsible for its anti inflammatory action. It is useful in any kind of inflammatory swelling and reduces inflammation associated with sprains and broken bones.
I have made some healing remedies with comfrey in the last month. I made a lovely ointment from comfrey infused oil and beeswax and then used the pulp that was left from the infused oil to make a poultice to put in the freezer for later use.
350ml extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
1 ½ cups finely chopped fresh comfrey leaf
½ cup finely chopped fresh comfrey root
Place the olive oil and comfrey into the bowl of a double boiler. Gently heat, the water in the bottom needs to simmer very gently for 3 hours, stir at regular intervals.
Strain through cheesecloth squeezing out as much liquid as you can. (Reserve the pulp or marc for a poultice – see below)
The resulting comfrey infused oil can be poured into a clean sterilized bottle and used as a healing oil rub.
Put the beeswax into the double boiler and gently heat till melted, pour the warm comfrey infused oil into the beeswax and stir over simmering water.
Turn off heat and when mix is between 135oC and 145oC (use an candy thermometer) pour into clean, sterilised jars.
Comfrey Freezer Poultice
The left over marc (pulp) from the comfrey infused oil
1 – 2 tsp of dried powdered comfrey root (this is optional you could also use flour)
Clean piece of gauze or cheesecloth around 15cm by 30cm (twice the length if using gauze so you can use a double layer.
1 clip seal plastic bag (sandwich size)
If the comfrey pulp is a little moist you can add some of the comfrey root powder or flour to make it stiff.
If using gauze, double it over.
Lay the gauze/cheesecloth on clean table.
Spread the comfrey pulp over half of the gauze/cheesecloth, leaving enough gauze/cheesecloth free to fold over the top.
Tuck in the edges and place in the plastic bag. Keep flat in the freezer