COMFREY, Symphytum officinale


One time a friend was holding a router between his knees while changing the bit. The router slipped and his knee hit the switch. Before he could drop the router, it had cut his hand several times very deeply. As he ran to the house, the blood was squirting all over. As he ran by a comfrey plant he grabbed a piece of comfrey leaf and stuck it in his mouth and started to chew on it. He ran into the house and grabbed the jar of cayenne. He threw some cayenne into the cuts to stop the bleeding. He then put the pieces of comfrey leaf he had chewed up over the cuts. By now, the cayenne had stopped the bleeding. Then he bound up the cuts with a cloth. In a little over two weeks, we had an herb meeting. He told us all about his accident. Everyone wanted to see his hand that was all cut up. It had healed so well you could hardly see a scar.
The genus name for comfrey is “symphytum,” which means “to unite, or knit together.” The name com-firma means, the knitting of bones. You can use the leaf and the root, fresh or dried.

Comfrey has a special substance in it that is called allantoin, which is a cell proliferant. In other words, it makes cells grow faster. This is one of the reasons why bones knit so fast, and wounds mend so quickly, and burns heal with such little scaring. Comfrey is often called knit bone and healing herb.

The same substance, allantoin, is found in the placenta in a pregnant mother. This helps the baby to grow more rapidly. After the baby is born, this same allantoin is found in the mother's milk, more abundantly at first, and less as the baby grows.

A few years ago, I got tossed off my little black mare and got a couple of broken ribs. I couldn't breathe, and I thought I'd die. After a couple of days, when I could move, we put a comfrey poultice on it for a little while. After a couple of days, another poultice, then another poultice. By this time, I felt fine and went back to riding.

Comfrey, unlike most plants, is rich vitamin B12, which is important to vegetarians, because very few plants have B12. It is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C, E, A, pantothenic acid plus calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.

Dr. H. E. Kirschner, M.D., author of the book Nature's Healing Grasses, wrote, “Recently a most interesting case came under my observation. A middle-aged woman came to me with a large malignant ulcer below the eye and close to the nose. I prescribed a comfrey poultice, and a 'green drink' containing comfrey leaves. Soon after the application of the comfrey leaf poultice, the painful swelling subsided, and rapid improvement was noted. Only a few months after the initial treatment, there was complete healing over of the infected area and the malignant ulcer had disappeared.”

Dr. Kirschner says, “It's a great herb.” He devoted four chapters in his book to this herb. He also said that it is great for lung and bronchial problems, skin and stomach ulcers, arthritis, skin cancer, tuberculosis, asthma, and even as an aid to beauty.

Comfrey is very rich in chlorophyll (green magic). This is one of the reasons why Dr. Kirschner used it in his green drink. After all, the only difference between chlorophyll and our blood is that our blood molecule is built around an iron atom and the chlorophyll molecule is built around magnesium atom. Personally, I think it is one of our greatest herbs. I've seen it do miracles. Too bad we don't use it more. Why not grow some? “AND I WILL RAISE UP FOR THEM A PLANT OF RENOWN.” EZEKIEL 34:29

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