Comfrey ointment – a natural remedy for pain, swelling and bruises

Comfrey ointment – a natural remedy for pain, swelling and bruises
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a forgotten plant with wonderful medicinal properties. It has been used in herbal medicine for centuries, and its characteristic black and purple root is particularly valuable.

Comfrey root contains many substances valuable in herbal medicine. About 10-15 percent root composition is mucus; other ingredients are: allantoin, tannins, fructans, polyphenols, asparagine, silicon, amino acids, beta-sitosterol and essential oil.

Allantoin contained in the root of this plant affects tissue regeneration, accelerates wound healing, and has strong moisturizing properties. This substance has been valued in the cosmetics industry for years. It has a softening and smoothing effect, accelerates skin regeneration and protects it against sunburn. It is used to alleviate the course of psoriasis and prevent bedsores. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Comfrey root contains alkaloids toxic to the liver, which excludes its internal use. To avoid poisoning, the only method of using this plant is external application in the form of decoctions, compresses, ointments or pastes.

Comfrey root is used to produce ointments and oils that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. We can apply comfrey ointment or oil to all painful places, such as joints, muscles, spine, varicose veins, and painful legs. Comfrey ointments are effective in treating conditions such as: rheumatism, fractures, bruises, dislocations, abrasions, tendon inflammation, knee injuries, and muscle pain.

How to prepare comfrey ointment at home?

Comfrey ointment can be made at home. To produce comfrey ointment, you will need comfrey oil and comfrey glycerin extract, which we make first, as well as beeswax (or coconut oil or shea butter).

First, make oil and glycerin extract from comfrey.

Comfrey oil:
Place the comfrey root crushed in a blender (approx. 30g) in a jar, pour olive oil heated to about 50 degrees C to a height slightly above the root, close tightly and leave for 10-14 days. Stir the mixture daily. After 14 days, filter the oil, e.g. through cheesecloth.

Comfrey glycerin extract:
Place 30g of dried comfrey root, ground in a blender, in a jar, pour glycerine over it (there should be twice as much glycerine in the jar as comfrey) and leave for about 10-14 days, stirring every day. Then filter the extract, as in the case of oil.

The last step is to prepare the ointment itself. Melt the beeswax (approx. 250g) in a water bath, add 3 tablespoons of comfrey oil and 3 tablespoons of glycerin extract. Mix (you can use a mixer) and pour the ointment into a jar. The finished ointment can be stored for about a month, preferably in a cool place.