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Why I Love Comfrey:
A Healing Herb

Comfrey is one of my favorite healing herbs due to its exceptional ability to heal wounds, bruises, sprains, fractures, and more. Its traditional names like “knit bone” and “boneset” reflect its remarkable healing properties. Comfrey has become a staple in my herbal practice for its potent and versatile medicinal benefits.

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Magnificent Healing Properties:

Comfrey accelerates the healing of wounds, bruises, sprains, fractures, and damaged skin. Its botanical name, Symphytum officinale, means “to unite” in Greek, highlighting its ability to regenerate skin and heal injuries. Traditionally called “knit bone,” comfrey is remarkably effective for healing cracked skin, scars, cuts, and burns.

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Versatile Uses:

Comfrey helps heal broken bones and can speedily reduce the discoloration of bruises. Used in poultices and salves, it is a remedy for various hard-to-heal skin disorders. Comfrey salves aid in reducing wrinkles and aging skin.

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Rapid Growth and Resemblance to Human Anatomy:

Comfrey grows rapidly, producing abundant leaves that regenerate when cut. Its leaves resemble skin, while its roots, shaped like bones, joints, and marrow, indicate its traditional use in healing wounds, bruises, sprains, and fractures.

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Nutrient-Rich Composition:

Comfrey contains protein, antioxidants, and B12 vitamins. It soothes mucous membranes due to its demulcent properties.

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External Healing Benefits:

Topical comfrey is well-known for healing wounds. Compounds in comfrey accelerate cell proliferation to restore skin and tissues. Comfrey salves offer relief from eczema, psoriasis, and lesions without internal risks, making it one of the best external healing herbs known.

Being in the “right relationship” with a plant means properly and safely using it based on understanding both the plant and your body. It means knowing how to prepare it and perceiving how you feel when working with it. This is how I feel when I work with comfrey—grateful for its gifts and healing benefits.

This unsung herbal hero deserves much more recognition!

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