Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a very easy plant to grow, and having some fresh leaves on hand is essential for anyone interested in healing osteoarthritis, burns, bruises, broken bones, sprains, or eczema naturally.
Have some fresh comfrey leaves handy
Origins of Comfrey:
The name comfrey is derived from the Latin conferva, which literally means 'to grow together,' and the name clearly explains the action of the herb - to help the body heal, reduce inflammation and speed up recovery time significantly. It is high in calcium and Vitamin C, which also stimulate a healing response particularly where bones are concerned.
Tear up some fresh leaves
How does it work?
You can apply the large flat leaves directly onto the affected body part - for example, simply wrap the leaves around a twisted ankle, cover with cling wrap and let the allantoin (the active ingredient in the leaves) do the healing work.
Pound the leaves into a paste
A real life example:
A family member had severe heel spurs recently and was experiencing a great deal of pain, so I pound up some fresh comfrey leaves in the mortar and pestle. Next I placed the pulp as a herbal compress directly onto the heels, let that sit there for half an hour, during which time the pain completely disappeared and has not returned since. I was more than impressed.
Place the pulp directly onto the skin
There is some controversy around taking comfrey internally as a tea, (although some people swear by its benefits), so be sure to only use the leaves as an external skin application, and may the healing force be with you.