Comfrey has been a source of argument for many years, due to a hepatoxin found in the plant. For this reason, the herbalists who use the plant caution that it should never be ingested. With care, it can be used as an ointment, but it should not be used on broken skin. It is not recommended for use on a child, and should be used in small amounts, for limited periods of time.
Before the discovery of the poisonous alkaloids, comfrey was used on bruises, broken bones and other tissue injuries. Internally, it was taken for stomach ailments.
Comfrey itself is used in hot wraps, washes and various forms of extract. The two most common extraction methods are with oil or alcohol...usually vodka. A mixture of the oil extraction and petroleum jelly form a salve that stays on the skin more easily than the oil extraction alone.
Comfrey is frequently paired with other herbs that can also help injuries. Willow bark and gotu kola are frequent partners, especially for arthritis and broken bones.
Fortunately, the compound in comfrey, allantoin, has been isolated. It can be found in many lotions, and can be used for injuries and skin conditions. Allantoin is not the hepatoxin.
Herbs for Human Health contains more information about comfrey, its use and the problems it can cause. This information includes recipes and preparation instructions, not just for comfrey but for many other herbs used in alternative herbal remedies.
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