Comfrey root - Symphytum officinale 100g
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is an herb that was already used in ancient times for broken bones or burns. Comfrey root is mainly used externally.
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What is Comfrey?
The herb can be found in old gardens, probably because it is a good medicinal plant. The name comes from the old word vella, which means to join together, perhaps that is why it was already used in antiquity for broken bones or burns.
The leaves are dark green and rough, the bell-shaped sky-blue flowers emerge like a shell at the end of June. The root is a strong tap root and it is precisely the roots that are used. Roots are rich in mucilage but also the substances symphytocynoglossin and allantoin.
Areas of use
You can make a glycerin tincture that you then use as a poultice or a simpler version, make tea from the roots and make a poultice on the damaged skin. Face wash of the root can help rough and flabby skin become smoother and more elastic.
1. Start by making a glycerin mixture of 70% glycerin and 30% boiled water. Glycerin can be bought at pharmacies,
2. Mortar dried comfrey roots a little so that they crack,
3. Fill a glass jar halfway with dried roots,
4. Pour on the glycerin mixture,
5. Put the lid on and let the tincture steep for a month,
6. Strain the tincture in a cotton filter, or a clean sock. Squeeze it out properly so you get everything,
7. Pour the tincture into a dark glass bottle. It lasts for 4 years.
1. Mix 1 teaspoon of comfrey tincture with 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl.
2. Soak a compress in the tincture mixture and wring out.
3. Place the compress on the damaged area and cover with a piece of plastic wrap.
4. Secure with skin tape. Change the cover twice a day.
You can also mix comfrey tincture with water and use as a facial toner on rough and loose skin. Scars can be much nicer if you bathe them regularly with comfrey tincture mixed in water.
A tincture lasts for 4 years, and is a good way to preserve the plant.
Are there side effects with comfrey?
Due to the content of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids, comfrey cannot be taken orally. Used externally in the form of ointments, creams, tinctures or compresses. Importantly, the herb should not be used on damaged skin, and the entire treatment should not last longer than six weeks in a year. Products containing comfrey are also not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children under three years of age.
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Ingredients: Comfrey root (Symphytum officinale radix) dried root 100%
Dosage: Comfrey root is mainly used externally. You can make tea from the roots and make a poultice, or you can make a glycerin tincture that you then use as a poultice.
Storage: Store in a dry and cool place, out of the reach of small children.
Country of origin: Poland
Used externally in the form of ointments, creams, tinctures or compresses. Importantly, the herb should not be used on damaged skin, and the entire treatment should not last longer than six weeks in a year. Comfrey is also not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children under three years of age. Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the preparation.
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