comfrey

Summary

Medicinal plant used as an anti-inflammatory in case of bruises and bumps, it can be found in gel form. Heads up! do not use this plant for internal use (to ingest), as there is a risk of intoxication.

names

Portuguese names: comfrey, consolida, confrey
Binomial name: Symphytum officinale
French name: consoude , Grande consoude
English name: comfrey
German name: Wallwurz
Italian name: consolida maggiore , erba di San Lorenzo

Family

Boraginaceae (Boraginaceae)

Constituents

– alkaloids: pyrrolizidine, allantoin
– tannins
– mucilage
– saponins

parts used

Dried leaves and roots

Effects

Anti-inflammatory, soothing, astringent, favors the healing of wounds.

Indications

External use (ointment, gel)
Contusions , bruises, grazes, wounds (no injury, not open wound), arthrosis , back pain including lumbago.

Heads up! do not use this plant for internal use (to ingest), as there is a risk of intoxication. Comfrey contains alkaloids (pyrrolizidines) that are toxic to the liver.

Secundary effects

We do not know, but all plants can present an allergic risk.

contraindications

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, open wound or bleeding.

Interactions

We don’t know.

Comfrey-based preparations

– comfrey gel

– comfrey ointment

– Comfrey poultice

Where does comfrey grow?

In Europe, the leaves are mainly harvested in summer and autumn, the roots can be harvested all year round. It is good to know that according to our information the flowers that appear between May and July in Europe are not used in phytotherapy.

In Europe, it is mainly in the countries of Central Europe where comfrey is found in its wild state, for example, on the banks of watercourses.
Comfrey grows well in sunny locations (direct sun).

plant it yourself

Comfrey likes sun, partial shade, and rich, deep soil. Requires a large volume of land; it is not a potted plant.

Can we harvest this plant in the wild?

Yes, it is mostly found in pastures and at the water’s edge. The root can measure more than a meter.

– Comfrey is a plant that has been used for a long time (since the time of the Greeks) to treat wounds (without bleeding) after bruises or knocks. The effectiveness of this plant is scientifically proven (due to allantoin).
Heads up! Comfrey should not be ingested, as there is a serious risk of intoxication in the liver region, cases of death have already been reported.
The use of this plant in ointment does not pose any risk, as the toxic substances are not absorbed, however, as a safety measure, use it for a limited period (maximum 2 months of treatment) and take a break. Always ask a pharmacist for advice.

– In the Middle Ages, comfrey was widely used, especially in the form of a poultice based on leaves or roots, in the fight against sprains or other minor injuries. The plant was often cultivated in monasteries.

– Russian comfrey (Symphytum x Nyman uplandicum) is another species of comfrey of the genus Symphytum used for its medicinal properties. It would be a hybridization of 2 species of comfrey. As its name implies, it originates from Russia and grows equally in Northern and Central Europe.

– Borage is a plant that looks like comfrey.

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