Comfrey Leaf - SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE
(Cut & Sifted) (Organically Grown) Available in 1OZ, 1/4LB, 1/2LB, 1LB.
Standardized: Russian comfrey
Other: prickly comfrey, Quaker comfrey
Symphytum uplandicum Nyman
Plant Family: Boraginaceae
Comfrey leaf has been used since Roman times, dating back thousands of years. This herb has been utilized in folk medicine throughout Europe and North America and has been widely cultivated as a garden medicinal specifically for its reputation for healing various external wounds. Much debate surrounds the safety of comfrey due to various parts and preparations containing potentially toxic alkaloids. It is important to understand that the part used, species, and time of harvest all come in to play when determining the safety of this herb. A large body of traditional use supports its safety and efficacy if used intelligently and cautiously.
HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
Comfrey's attributes were mentioned by many of the herbalist-alchemists of old such as Dioscorides (a Greek physician pharmacologist and botanist, practicing in 1st century Rome) and Paracelsus (a 15th century Swiss Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, and astrologer). It was recommended for wounds by St. Hildegard of Bingen, a herbalist and nun born in 1098 C.E. It was cultivated in gardens for centuries, its popularity giving rise to myriad common names. Many references were made to comfrey's healing properties in various herbals in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Traditionally in Europe, the leaf was used in cases of sprains or strains or broken bones.
Vulnerary, emollient, astringent, expectorant, demulcent, hemostatic
USES AND PREPARATIONS
Dried leaf as a salve.
Dried leaf and root infused in carrier oil for topical use
Leaf: allantoin, rosmarinic acid, and varying degrees of pyrrolizidine alkaloids depending on species and time of harvest.
Specific: For external use only. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin. Do not use when nursing.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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