Comfrey - The Comforter
When I meditate with comfrey she has a lot to say with me about majesty and power. She gives generously, she does not make herself smaller than she is, she lives in her true abundance.
Comfrey does bring comfort, as the saying goes. She contains allantonin, which stimulates the growth of new cells. Comfrey oils and ointments are used for skin irritations, chafing and bug bites as well as promoting the healing of damaged muscle tissue or even broken bones. She is an incredible moisturizer and lubricant. She is also used to heal the sore nipples of nursing mothers. Comfrey can also shrink hemorrhoids and relieve their pain.
She is a supreme wound-healer and guards against scar tissue developing incorrectly. Be careful not to use comfrey on very deep, open wounds however - comfrey is so remarkably quick that tissue could form over the wound before it is healed deeper down.
In the garden, comfrey is a beautiful composter. She brings minerals to the top soil and helps keep weeds down. She is very easy to grow - every piece of the root grows a new plant.
Comfrey has been on my mind so much lately. I have been doing lots of research into this recent controversy about ingesting comfrey. Studies in the '70s reported that rats fed comfrey roots or leaves developed liver cancer and pointed to the pyrroliziidine alkaloids in comfrey. This is a controversial subject with many herbalists, and I encourage anyone curious to have a look around at the research behind these claims.
It is worth noting that internal uses include bronchitis, irritable cough, ulcers and colitis as comfrey contains substances that inhibit stomach lining inflammation. The leaves contain Vitamins A & C as well as calcium, chromium, fiber, manganese, niacin, potassium, protein, riboflavin, selenium, silicon and amino acids.
Another comfrey saying goes, "Where comfrey grows, there lives a woman wise in the ways of plants." Did the comfrey follow the woman or did the woman follow the comfrey?