Comfrey – belongs to the borage family. This medicinal plant is one of the most essential and respected herbs that nature has created for us. It grows in wet meadows, in ditches and near streams, and can also be found near fences and in gravel pits. The plant blooms all summer, has rough and thick leaves. The root is as thick as a finger, dark brown to black on the outside, and white to yellowish on the inside. If cut, inside the root to the touch is sticky, slimy.
Comfrey owes its name to the soldiers who dug trenches and when the wars ended in that place, comfrey began to grow thickly. This plant covered the former trenches with its leaves, as if healing the wounds of the earth. The plant also heals human wounds, is used for peptic ulcers, heals the skin. But the most impressive thing is that the plant restores bones and makes them strong! Because of this feature, the people have a different name for comfrey, “larkspur”, from its ability to quickly heal fractures.
The mucus secreted by the plant protects the stomach and intestines in case of peptic ulcer. A similar thing happens around the bone – mucus is formed, which protects the bone from friction and heals it.
For example, in osteoporosis, it is recommended to eat more calcium, but unfortunately the right amount of calcium is not absorbed by the body, especially in adulthood. Livestock roots in this case serve as a catalyst for calcium metabolism. Let’s assume that a person ate 100 grams of calcium, then about 1g will be absorbed from this amount, but if you use the remedy on comfrey together with calcium, then the digestibility will be up to 10g!
- Fractures (accelerates the regeneration of bone tissue);
- Accelerates the healing of various wounds;
- The deposition of salts in the joints.
Collection of raw materials
Comfrey is harvested in early spring, before stems and flowers appear. Or in the fall, when the roots have gained enough nutrients. The collection consists in digging up the plant and breaking off all its young roots, burying the mother plant back into the ground, which safely endures such an execution and continues to produce useful raw materials in subsequent years.
Outwardly, the plant is rough, covered with stiff hairs, quite remarkable. When the stem appears, the strength of the roots weakens.
Sometimes comfrey is confused with a plant such as larkspur, these are completely different plants. Comfrey is a plant that is slightly poisonous and when treated with it, one should observe the measure. But larkspur is a much more poisonous plant, so you should not confuse them at all.
The roots are thoroughly washed in running, clean water, then broken off from the main root. Young roots should break easily with a crunch, this indicates that the plant is healthy and can be used in treatment. To dry the roots, they should be cut lengthwise and placed in a draft. Particularly large roots are dried outside under a canopy, in a draft, until they fall down and look like dried apricots. Further, the plant is transferred to a warm shaded place with a temperature not exceeding 60 ° and dried until it darkens.
Livestock tincture on moonshine
Before preparing the tincture, the roots of the larkspur should be washed and crushed. The roots are very brittle, you can not cut them, but simply break them with your hands into pieces of 2-3 centimeters. Pour into a jar, pour moonshine and close hermetically. Literally after 10 days, this tincture can be used. Used for rubbing only. Under no circumstances should you drink it! This tincture is used for diseases of bones, muscles, ligaments, arthritis, arthrosis, diseases in the back, salt deposits, and fractures.
This tincture has wonderful properties! People who suffer from rheumatism and swollen joints, having tried other remedies without success, find their cure through this neglected remedy.
The woman could hardly use her right hand (the joint was almost unusable for movement) and the doctor had already diagnosed paralysis. But after she began to rub the tincture into the joint every day, she felt how every day her pain was weakened when she tried to move. Today, she can use her hand 100% to take care of the household in her house.
Comfrey leaves are scalded with boiling water and used as a poultice for diseases of the limbs caused by excessive loads: dislocation, sprain. Helps instantly!
Wash fresh leaves, grind until juice is released and apply to the affected part of the body. Or scald with boiling water and fix on the body with gauze.
One woman was hit by a motorcycle. She was taken to the hospital with a broken hip. A pin was inserted into her bone, she recovered and safely left the hospital. A year later, this pin had to be removed, but since she did not experience any discomfort and pain, she could walk calmly, she refrained from visiting the hospital. It seemed to her that her health was in good condition, until one day she felt unbearable pain! Because the pin was not removed in time, the doctors found that the bone was infected. The injections dulled the pain for short periods, but the infection did not respond to treatment. In this state of despair. she came to a healer and she advised the sufferer to use comfrey. We can say, without exaggeration, that a warm comfrey compress helped overnight. The next day the woman was able to sit and lie down without pain!
Warm compresses are also helpful in varicose ulcers, muscular rheumatism, gout, and neck pain. Most successfully used for external and internal wounds, all types of injuries, bruises, bruises and bone fractures.
Dried roots are finely chopped, quickly mixed with hot water and a few drops of vegetable oil, spread on a piece of linen, then placed on the affected area of the body and bandaged.
Baths with a belly
Comfrey leaves are used not only as a poultice, but also as an addition to baths for rheumatic pains, gout, bone diseases, damaged spinal discs and impaired circulation.
500 g of fresh or dried comfrey leaves are soaked in 5 liters of cold water. The next day, the soaked leaves are brought to a boil and the resulting liquid is added to the bath. For a sitz bath, do the same, only use 200 grams of leaves.
Comfrey with honey
Take the root, wash it, grate it and mix with honey or thick sour cream in a ratio of 1:1. After 8-10 hours, this mixture can be applied to sore spots. If applied every other day, it will perfectly eliminate pain.