Comfrey Cream Recipe for Achy Joints and Muscles (2022)

Can a comfrey (Symphytum officianale) root extraction help ease aching joints and muscles? Many of those following the folk use of comfrey up to present-day think so. Additionally, there is scientific research demonstrating comfrey’s effectiveness at soothing muscle and joint pain, some of which are highlighted in this post.

The warm weather has a way of encouraging us to get outside and move our bodies more. Whether you’ve been hiking, biking, playing, or enjoying water sports, comfrey cream can be a wonderful ally in supporting achy muscles that result from physical, summertime activities. For that reason, I’ve also included my go-to comfrey cream recipe for achy joints and muscles!

What is Comfrey?

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The comfrey plant, Symphytum officinale, gets its name from the Latin confervere, meaning to grow together. When the root is boiled in water, it forms a sticky, glue-like paste. This is memorable if you have worked with it, and some use this quality to remember comfrey’s centuries-long use—applying comfrey over bones, bruises, sprains, and minor wounds with the intention to support mending!

A member of the borage family, comfrey root, leaves, and stems have an obvious coat of bristly hair. This perennial can grow up to 4-feet tall. Its long, lance-shaped leaves can be up to 1 foot in length closer to the bottom of the stem and are shorter higher up the stem. Comfrey flowers are bell-shaped and purple, pink, or pale yellow in color, and it has a dark taproot.

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The leaves and stems of comfrey contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can cause toxic damage if ingested in excess (Ulbricht, 2010). Thus, it is not advised to ingest herbal preparations of comfrey unless guided by an expert pharmacologist and physician. Learn more in The Comfrey Controversy: Can and Should One Use Comfrey Internally?

Topical preparations of comfrey are generally safe provided they are not applied excessively or to an open wound. This is because only a small amount of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids are absorbed through the skin (Jedlinszki et al., 2017). When buying commercial brands, seek those that have had the pyrrolizidine alkaloids removed, if possible.

Research on the Topical Use of Comfrey

Topically, comfrey root and leaf extracts have been traditionally used for bruises, sore muscles and joints, sprains, mild wounds, and gout (Natural Medicines, 2020). Some recent human studies have demonstrated that extracts may help with ankle sprains, knee pain and stiffness, backaches, and mild skin abrasions.

For Ankle Distortions

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An ankle sprain can come out of nowhere and cause a lot of pain, limitations, and regret until it is healed. At least three human studies found that the topical use of a cream containing comfrey root extract may safely help with pain, swelling, and mobility symptoms associated with an ankle sprain.

  • In a randomized, controlled, double-blind study with 203 patients, applications of a 10% comfrey cream were well tolerated, reduced swelling and pain, and improved mobility (Kucera et al., 2004).
  • In a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 142 ankle sprain participants, a comfrey root extract applied 4x/day for 8 days improved pain, swelling, and mobility without any adverse reactions (Koll et al., 2004).
  • In a randomized multicenter study with 164 ankle sprain patients, swelling and pain were improved more successfully using a comfrey root extract compared to a diclofenac gel (Predel et al., 2005).

While larger and more studies are needed to fully determine safety and effectiveness, short term topical application of comfrey may give you peace of mind, relief, and support while you rest and heal, following any additional advice from your physician.

For Knee Pain and Stiffness

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Knee pain and stiffness can be a stubborn concern that keeps many from doing activities they enjoy. Two interesting studies found that a topical application of a product containing comfrey root extract helped with knee pain and stiffness. For one of these studies, the average time participants had experienced knee pain and stiffness leading up to the study was six and a half years!

  • In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multi-clinical trial, 43 volunteers with osteoarthritis used either a topical cream containing comfrey, tannic acid, and eucalyptus or a placebo cream 3x/ day for 6 weeks. The herbal topical cream was prepared at two different strengths, as an additional measure of efficacy. The groups using the herbal preparations reported a significantly greater reduction in pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis of the knee without serious adverse reactions (Smith & Jacobson, 2011).
  • In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 220 patients with knee osteoarthritis used either a commercial topical comfrey root extract or a placebo. A significant reduction in pain was observed in the groups using the comfrey product. As an additional measure of efficacy, groups instructed to use the comfrey preparation for the longest period of time experienced the most improvement. (Grube et al., 2007).

Of course, more research is needed to validate efficacy and safety. However, people with knee pain may be glad to try a topical preparation that could help in addition to any other recommendations made by their physician.

For Back Pain

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As a Licensed Massage Therapist for fifteen years, I have noticed that back pain can be caused by a variety of reasons and can be very debilitating. Sometimes, massaging on topical ointments can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Three clinical studies have provided evidence that ointments containing comfrey root have helped reduce back pain. While there can be a variety of causes for back pain, these small studies offer hopeful results that comfrey root may offer potential analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. More research is needed.

  • In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study involving 120 patients with acute back pain, symptoms were quickly reduced in the group using 4 grams of an ointment containing 35% comfrey root extract 3x/day for 5 days (Giannetti et al., 2010).
  • In a small study with 30 subjects, lower back pain from exercise was reduced with an ointment containing comfrey. The cream was applied to the local lumbar area 4x during the day of the exercise, with the first application being pre-exercise (Jurcau & Jurcau, 2013).
  • A multi-center, randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial was conducted with 161 patients having acute lower back pain. An ointment containing comfrey helped reduce lower back pain (Stam et al., 2001).

For Superficial Bruising

Comfrey has long been used in folk traditions for bruising and abrasions. Although it has historically been used on open wounds, it is now not advised related to the toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can absorb more readily into the body through an open wound. Additionally, use on a deep cut may encourage healing of the outer skin the preparation comes in direct contact with faster than the deeper tissue, leading to abscess. Comfrey is avoided on cuts or puncture wounds for this reason.

  • In a study of 712 children with superficial wounds, applying a 25% comfrey cream for one week or up to two weeks (2-4x day) offered a strong benefit to risk ratio (Kucera et al., 2018).
  • In a randomized double-blind study of 278 patients with fresh abrasions, a topical preparation containing a 10% comfrey leaf extraction applied for 2-3 days reduced wound healing time of adults and children without side effects (Barna et al., 2012).

Topical Use Safety

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When harvesting comfrey or buying from a non-commercial supplier, note that there is variety within the species. Hybrids and other species may have a similar appearance but could have significantly different amounts of the toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (Kucera et al., 2018). Make sure to always buy comfrey (Symphytum officianale) root and leaf from a trusted source.

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Avoid using comfrey extracts on broken skin or open wounds. Also, avoid use for more than two weeks or excessive concentrations containing more than 100 mcg of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (Wichtl, 2004 & Ulbricht, 2010).

Do not use comfrey with very young children or during pregnancy or lactation. Avoid comfrey with certain medical conditions, such as liver disease. Avoid with medications that induce CYP3A4 or are hepatotoxic (Natural Medicines, 2020). Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions before use. Like any new treatment, discontinue use if any irritation occurs. In some cases, ointments with comfrey have caused redness, itching, and a rash (Smith, 2011).

Comfrey Cream Recipe for Muscle and Joint Comfort

This comfrey cream recipe works great for local areas that have mild bruising or soft tissue pain. Apply a small amount (not to exceed a teaspoon) topically 2-3x/day for up to 2 weeks. Understand comfrey’s contraindications before using it.

To make this recipe, first, you must prepare the comfrey root tincture. This is done by soaking the root in at least 50% alcohol for a minimum of two weeks. Be sure to use comfrey root from a reputable source that has properly identified the species. Choose organically grown comfrey when possible. After the tincture is made, then you can whip up the fabulous joint and muscle cream! Be sure to choose organic carrier oils and essential oils when possible. Yield: Approximately 5 cups of whipped lotion.

Ingredients


Comfrey tincture
1 ounce dried organic comfrey (Symphytum officinale) root
1 pint of 50% alcohol
1 pint-sized glass canning jar, with lid

Comfrey cream
½ cup organic sunflower oil
¼ cup organic safflower oil
2 ½ cups organic, unrefined coconut oil
½ cup organic, unrefined cocoa butter
1/8 cup comfrey tincture (Symphytum officinale), store bought or via recipe, above.
12 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil
12 drops juniper berry (Juniperus communis) essential oil
12 drops black pepper (Piper nigrum) essential oil
Double boiler
Electric bowl mixer (like a KitchenAid) or a blender
Glass bowl with a lid
Small glass jars with lids for sharing (optional)

Directions

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  • First, make the comfrey root tincture by combining the dried comfrey root and alcohol in a sterilized, dry, glass pint jar. Seal with a lid and then label with the ingredients and date. Set on a sunny windowsill and shake once a day for 2-4 weeks.
  • After 2-4 weeks have passed, strain the root from the alcohol using a coffee filter inserted in a wire mesh strainer or similar setup. Save the remaining liquid alcohol portion. This is the tincture. Set aside ⅛ cup for the cream recipe and store the rest in a glass jar. Label with the ingredients and date made.
  • To make the cream, combine sunflower oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter in a double-boiler over low heat until completely melted. Remove from heat. Cover, but leave a small air opening.
  • Allow the oil mixture to cool until it reaches room temperature, which could take 8-12 hours. It’s ready when the mixture has solidified somewhat and has a cloudy, creamy, and slightly runny consistency.
  • Transfer the cooled oil and butter mixture to a standing electric mixer or blender.
  • Add ⅛ cup of the comfrey tincture and all essential oils to the cooled oil/butter mixture.
  • Begin mixing on low. After the consistency begins to thicken, turn the mixer up a little bit. As the consistency thickens some more, turn the mixer up a little bit more. Mix for about 10 minutes, until nice and whipped
  • Scoop the finished comfrey cream into sanitized glass jars. Cap, then label the jars with the date made and ingredients.

The recipe makes about 5 cups of whipped creamy lotion. Without overexposure to air or heat—and without cross-contamination—the recipe should last as long as the expiration date of the carrier oils used.

To Use. Healthy adults: massage about 1 teaspoon of cream into a local area up to 4x/day for up to 2 weeks. Please read the Topical Use Safety section of this article (above) before using.

This recipe is contraindicated for small children and those with certain medical conditions. Skin patch test before use, especially if you have sensitive skin, and never use on a deep wound. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

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In Closing,

Comfrey root extracts have been used by herbalists and in folk traditions for centuries to soothe aches and pains. Recent studies have suggested topical benefits, but more research is needed. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I have personally made this comfrey cream recipe multiple times and given jars to my clients. Many have said that it has helped them with a variety of aches and pains!

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REFERENCES

Barna, M., Kucera, A., Hladikova, M., & Kucera, M. (2012). Wound-healing effects of a symphytum herb extract cream (Symphytum× uplandicum Nyman) in children: A randomized double-blind study. Arzneimittelforschung, 62(06), 285-289. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-007-0474-y

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Giannetti, B. M., Staiger, C., Bulitta, M., & Predel, H. G. (2010). Efficacy and safety of comfrey root extract ointment in the treatment of acute upper or lower back pain: Results of a double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled, multicentre trial. British journal of sports medicine, 44(9), 637-641. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsm.2009.058677

Grube, B., Grünwald, J., Krug, L., & Staiger, C. (2007). Efficacy of a comfrey root (Symphyti offic. radix) extract ointment in the treatment of patients with painful osteoarthritis of the knee: Results of a double-blind, randomised, bicenter, placebo-controlled trial. Phytomedicine, 14(1), 2-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2006.11.006

Jedlinszki, N., Balázs, B., Csányi, E., & Csupor, D. (2017). Penetration of lycopsamine from a comfrey ointment through human epidermis. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 83, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yrtph.2016.11.015

Jurcău, R., & Jurcău, I. (2013). Influence of moderate physical exertion on subacute low back pain, after Symphytum officinale ointment treatment. Palestrica of the Third Millennium Civilization & Sport, 14(3).

Koll, R., Buhr, M., Dieter, R., Pabst, H., Predel, H. G., Petrowicz, O., … & Staiger, C. (2004). Efficacy and tolerance of a comfrey root extract (Extr. Rad. Symphyti) in the treatment of ankle distorsions: Results of a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Phytomedicine, 11(6), 470-477. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2004.02.001

Kucera, A., Barna, M., Holcova, S., Horacek, O., Hladiková, M., & Ottillinger, B. (2018). Tolerability and effectiveness of an antitrauma cream with comfrey herb extract in pediatric use with application on intact and on broken skin. International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 5(4), 135-141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpam.2018.11.002

Kučera, M., Barna, M., Horáček, O., Kováriková, J., & Kučera, A. (2004). Efficacy and safety of topically applied Symphytum herb extract cream in the treatment of ankle distortion: Results of a randomized controlled clinical double-blind study. WMW Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift, 154(21), 498-507. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10354-004-0114-8

Natural Medicines (2020). Comfrey [Online article]. Retrieved from https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=295

Predel, H. G., Giannetti, B., Koll, R., Bulitta, M., & Staiger, C. (2005). Efficacy of a comfrey root extract ointment in comparison to a Diclo-fenac gel in the treatment of ankle distortions: Results of an observer-blind, randomized, multicenter study. Phytomedicine, 12(10), 707-714. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2005.06.001

Smith, D. B., & Jacobson, B. H. (2011). Effect of a blend of comfrey root extract (Symphytum officinale L.) and tannic acid creams in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multiclinical trials. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 10(3), 147-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcm.2011.01.003

Stam, C., Bonnet, M. S., & van Haselen, R. A. (2001). The efficacy and safety of a homeopathic gel in the treatment of acute low back pain: a multi-centre, randomised, double-blind comparative clinical trial. British Homeopathic Journal, 90(01), 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1054/homp.1999.0460

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Ulbricht, C. (2010). Natural Standard. Herb & Supplement Guide. An Evidence-Based Reference. Maryland Heights, MO. Mosby Elsevier.

Wichtl, M. (2004). Herbal drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. A handbook for practice on a scientific basis. Centurian, South Africa: Medpharm Scientific Publishers.

FAQs

How do you use comfrey for joints? ›

For arthritis relief, try creating a poultice of comfrey with pain-relieving essential oils such as peppermint oil and applying it to the painful areas two to three times a day. Please note: comfrey should only be used topically up to 10 consecutive days, in order to avoid bioaccumulation.

How do you make comfrey cream? ›

Instructions
  1. Melt the beeswax over a double boiler.
  2. Warm the infused oil gently so it is just warm to touch.
  3. Pour the melted beeswax into the comfrey oil and stir well.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool till it is warm to touch again.
  5. Add the vitamin E and your choice of essential oils (vitamin E is a preservative).
Apr 16, 2015

How do you use comfrey for muscle pain? ›

Dosage and Preparation

Applied to the knee three times a day for three to six weeks. For sprains: An ointment containing 35% comfrey extract. Applied to ankle sprains four times daily for eight days.

How do you make comfrey oil for arthritis? ›

Making an Infused Oil

Fill a jar about 2/3rds full with dried comfrey leaves or dried comfrey root. Cover with a neutral oil, such as olive oil, and allow the herbs to infuse into the oil for about 4-6 weeks before straining.

Can comfrey help with joint pain? ›

The Verdict: Several scientific studies suggest comfrey is effective for back pain, ankle sprains and knee osteoarthritis. One study even found it hastened healing of abrasions.

Is comfrey good for knees? ›

Forty patients suffering from knee joint injuries, sprains and bruises were treated with ointment containing comfrey extract, achieving a significant reduction of pain (pain at rest and on movement) and swelling. The mobility of the affected joint increased significantly.

How long can you use comfrey cream for? ›

Never apply comfrey to broken skin. Use only small amounts of creams with comfrey for no longer than 10 days at a time. DO NOT use any comfrey product for more than 4 to 6 total weeks in one calendar year.

How do I make ointment? ›

How to Make Ointments Homemade Healthcare Healing at Home #3

Which is better comfrey root or leaf? ›

Comfrey is even believed to help decrease inflammation of tendon sheaths (Tilgner, 2018), supporting its use for joint sprains. While both comfrey leaf and root are well known for their mucilage content and associated demulcent action, the root is more demulcent than the leaf.

Is comfrey anti inflammatory? ›

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) acts as an anti-inflammatory to promote healing of bruises, sprains, and open wounds when applied topically. The roots and leaves of this plant contain the protein allantoin, which stimulates cell proliferation and promote wound and bone healings.

Is comfrey good for nerve pain? ›

The placebo users saw their pain intensity drop 38% during the study period, while comfrey root ointment users had a 95% reduction in pain. Back pain at rest was reduced 97% in the comfrey root group and 40% in the placebo group. The comfrey root ointment seemed to take effect in less than an hour.

How do you make pain salve? ›

You need:
  1. 1 cup distilled water or rosewater.
  2. 3/4 cup carrier oil (almond, or an herb-infused oil)
  3. 1/2 oz. –1 oz. beeswax (less for a thinner consistency, more for a firmer cream)
  4. a double boiler.
  5. blender or immersion blender.
  6. clean glass jars.
  7. essential oils, if desired.
Feb 21, 2019

Is comfrey good for wrinkles? ›

Comfrey is considered to be an essential anti-aging ingredient, because it contains both allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin promotes the growth of new skin cells and rosmarinic acid acts as a painkiller and reduces inflammation. Comfrey softens skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What are the side effects of comfrey? ›

Common side effects of comfrey include:
  • abdominal distension.
  • abdominal pain.
  • loss of appetite.
  • lack of energy.
  • liver enlargement.
  • decreased urine output.
  • obstruction of small veins in the liver (veno-occlusive disease)

Which plant is best for knee pain? ›

The 9 best herbs for joint pain
  • Borage oil.
  • Turmeric.
  • Cat's claw.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Frankincense.
  • Aloe vera.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Thunder god vine.

How do you use comfrey for back pain? ›

Extract of comfrey root can be used to quickly and effectively relieve chronic back pain, latest study results suggest. German researchers studied 120 people with upper and lower back pain. Half used an ointment containing extract of comfrey root – 4g applied three to five times a day - and the rest used a placebo.

Is comfrey good for your hair? ›

It is the backbone of the soothing and anti-inflammatory component of comfrey and actually makes hair softer. Comfrey is helpful for hair growth because it has gamma linoleic acid, a omega-6 fatty acid, that helps stimulate skin and hair growth, which is why many cosmetic companies use comfrey.

What is the difference between common comfrey and Russian comfrey? ›

Flowers of common comfrey are usually creamy yellow, but white, red, or purple types have been found in Europe. Prickly comfrey has pink and blue flowers while Russian comfrey has blue, purple, or red-purple flowers.

Does comfrey help varicose veins? ›

Comfrey was rated least effective for haemorrhoids, varicose veins and boils and was considered to carry the greatest risk when prescribed for ulcers, wounds and boils. Conclusion: Practitioner experience suggests that comfrey can be used safely and effectively externally for certain indications.

How do I make natural healing ointment? ›

Making The Healing Salve

Place your shaved beeswax in a pan over low heat, and pour the infused oil over top and melt together. Once the beeswax and oil have combined, pour the mixture into jars. Place your herbal salves in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to determine the solidification of the salve.

What do you mix with leaves to make an ointment? ›

What you'll need…
  1. Large handful of fresh plantain leaves.
  2. Large handful of fresh yarrow leaves and flowers.
  3. Large handful of fresh self-heal leaves and flowers.
  4. 1 1/4 cup olive oil (or other oil of your choice)
  5. 1 ounce beeswax (by weight)
  6. 40 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
  7. Tins or containers.
Aug 19, 2019

How do you make simple ointment? ›

The 200 g of simple ointment base was prepared by placing hard paraffin (10 g) in a beaker and melted over water bath. The other ingredients such as cetostearyl alcohol (10 g), white soft paraffin (170 g), and wool fat (10 g) were added in descending order of melting point, respectively, after removing from melting.

How do you use comfrey cream? ›

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
  1. For back pain: About 4 grams of a specific ointment containing 35% comfrey root extract has been applied three times daily for 5 days. ...
  2. For osteoarthritis: About 2 grams of a specific ointment containing 35% comfrey root extract has been applied to the knee three times daily for 3 weeks.

Can humans eat comfrey? ›

Today, eating or taking any form of comfrey by mouth isn't recommended. It's considered unsafe, due to the pyrrolizidine alkaloids that comfrey contains. These are dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer, severe liver damage, and even death when you consume them.

Can you drink comfrey tea? ›

While you can make comfrey tea at home, health experts do not advise that you drink the tea. 2 For that reason, some fans of the herbal treatment make comfrey tea, allow it to cool, and apply it topically to the skin or to areas of the body where aches and pains are present.

What can I use instead of comfrey? ›

  • Aloe.
  • Arnica.
  • Astragalus.
  • Bilberry.
  • Burdock.
  • Calendula.
  • Echinacea.
  • Eucalyptus.

Is comfrey good for sciatica? ›

Comfrey oil

Externally for arthritic joints, sciatica, bruises, sprains and other traumatic injuries, inflamed bunions. Put the oil and the herb in a heatproof (Pyrex) glass bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a double saucepan and heat gently (covered) for about three hours.

Is comfrey good for gums? ›

Really good stuff for healing minor wounds (not puncture or deep cuts). I also use it as a mouthwash for my gums, and it really seems to be helping--especially when I use it after brushing with a calcium restorative toothpaste. (I put a dropperful of comfrey in before rinsing and swish it around for about 15 minutes.)

How do you make homemade muscle balm? ›

Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup sweet almond oil or olive oil.
  2. 2 teaspoons cayenne (red pepper) flakes.
  3. 1 tablespoons beeswax pellets.
  4. 10 drops peppermint essential oil.
  5. 10 drops lavender essential oil.
  6. 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil.
  7. 5 drops cinnamon essential oil.
  8. 5 drops clove essential oil.

How do you make muscle cream? ›

Ingredients:
  1. ½ cup coconut oil.
  2. ¼ cup grated beeswax.
  3. 2 teaspoons cayenne powder.
  4. 2 teaspoons ginger or turmeric powder (Note: While turmeric is an outstanding muscle and joint soother, be aware that it will cause some temporary skin discoloration)
  5. 15 drops peppermint essential oil.
  6. 15 drops lavender essential oil.
  7. glass jar.
Aug 24, 2020

Does comfrey tighten skin? ›

Comfrey. Comfrey is rich in a compound called allantoin, which is revered for its regenerative and healing properties. Not only can it help to tighten loose skin and wrinkles, but it can also help to heal wounds.

Does comfrey lighten skin? ›

It is formulated with lightening ingredients like arbutin and vitamin C to combat dark spots and circles while comfrey extract soothes any skin redness and inflammation.

What is the use of Miracle Comfrey ointment on the face? ›

Miracle Comfrey Ointment is a petroleum jelly-based ointment containing antibiotics, moisturizers and skin-soothing agents that can help alleviate many skin conditions. This ointment has been found to be helpful in treating scabies, eczema, general irritation and irritation caused by insect bites.

Is comfrey illegal in the US? ›

The pyrrolizidine alkaloids in comfrey can cause severe liver damage, liver cancer, mutagenicity, and even death. [8,9] For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of oral comfrey products in the United States.

Is comfrey a carcinogen? ›

As noted above, comfrey contains substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are both toxic to the liver and carcinogenic.

How do you use fresh comfrey for bone healing? ›

Bone Healing Comfrey Compress: Herbal Healing - YouTube

How does comfrey help arthritis? ›

The roots of leaves of the comfrey plant contain chemical substances called allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation.

How do you use comfrey leaves for broken bones? ›

Pour 2 quarts of nearly boiling water over the comfrey leaves, cover with a plate and let steep for 15 minutes. 3. Either strain the tea or simply place the broken bone into the bowl and let soak for 20 minutes.

How long do you leave a comfrey poultice on? ›

Snugly wrap the cloth around the injured limb. Wrap second cloth (or ace bandage or twine) around and tie to secure. Leave the compress on affected area anywhere from four to six hours. Refresh with fresh comfrey as needed.

How do you use comfrey cream? ›

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
  1. For back pain: About 4 grams of a specific ointment containing 35% comfrey root extract has been applied three times daily for 5 days. ...
  2. For osteoarthritis: About 2 grams of a specific ointment containing 35% comfrey root extract has been applied to the knee three times daily for 3 weeks.

Which is better comfrey root or leaf? ›

New leaves tend to have more of the poisonous pyrrolizidine alkaloids than older leaves. Some preparations were also made from the roots, but roots contain up to 16 times the amount of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.

How do you speed up bone regeneration? ›

The three key steps to faster bone healing are:
  1. Alignment of the broken bone fragments.
  2. Stability and support at the fracture site through immobilization.
  3. Healthy lifestyle choices that promote healing.
Feb 10, 2021

Is comfrey safe to use on skin? ›

Overall, comfrey is beneficial to all skin types; it helps to moisturise and soothe dry irritated skin, promotes rapid skin-cell growth, contributes to skin renewal, protects against bacteria and other microorganisms, reduces inflammation and helps to keep skin healthy.

Does comfrey heal bones? ›

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) acts as an anti-inflammatory to promote healing of bruises, sprains, and open wounds when applied topically. The roots and leaves of this plant contain the protein allantoin, which stimulates cell proliferation and promote wound and bone healings.

Is comfrey good for wrinkles? ›

Comfrey is considered to be an essential anti-aging ingredient, because it contains both allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin promotes the growth of new skin cells and rosmarinic acid acts as a painkiller and reduces inflammation. Comfrey softens skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How do you use comfrey for back pain? ›

Extract of comfrey root can be used to quickly and effectively relieve chronic back pain, latest study results suggest. German researchers studied 120 people with upper and lower back pain. Half used an ointment containing extract of comfrey root – 4g applied three to five times a day - and the rest used a placebo.

Which herb heals bones? ›

Horsetail is a herb in the silicon which can be boiled and made into tea in the early stage of fracture healing. Arnica (Arnica montana) is also herb which is reported to help in bone healing.

How do you make a poultice for arthritis? ›

A poultice, also called a cataplasm, is a paste made of herbs, plants, and other substances with healing properties.
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Herbal poultice
  1. 1 teaspoon turmeric powder.
  2. 1 ounce freshly chopped or grated ginger.
  3. ¼ small raw sliced onion.
  4. 1 chopped garlic clove.
  5. 2 teaspoons coconut oil.
  6. cheesecloth or cotton bandage.
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How do you make a poultice for inflammation? ›

A homemade poultice can be somewhat involved or extremely simple. For example, you can crush a leaf between your fingers, place it on an insect bite or other inflammation, and secure it with an adhesive bandage.

Is comfrey good for varicose veins? ›

Comfrey was rated least effective for haemorrhoids, varicose veins and boils and was considered to carry the greatest risk when prescribed for ulcers, wounds and boils. Conclusion: Practitioner experience suggests that comfrey can be used safely and effectively externally for certain indications.

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