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Sadhu Rose, Comfrey and Rose, for busy Creative hands and hearts

Comfrey and Rose a magical mix for hands

Whether you Knit, Crochet, Weave, Spin, Paint or make Pottery. There is a time of the day when your hands get achy and you feel as though you’ve lost your sense of time working your craft.

Rose Comfrey Ointment

Sadhu Rose, helping me with a big knit project!

It’s true, time flies when you’re having fun!

Now you’re racing against the clock wanting to finish a project. Knowing you won’t have the same amount of time tomorrow as you have today.
 
Let’s be honest, when we are busy making and creating, all we want is to be able to do so uninterrupted for as long as possible.
 
So, overworked hands get achy, tired and wane. And that my friends, is why I made started making my Comfrey ointments in the first place. With my mum’s arthritis and my own RSI (repetitive strain injury), I wanted relief.
 
I dread the aches, especially when they get between me and whatever craft I happen to be working on.

The Birth of a new Floral Rose Scented Ointment

 
Sadhu Rose, Comfrey Ointment

Sadhu Rose, Comfrey Ointment

When, a crafty friend, Juanita Tortilla, asked for a rose scented comfrey ointment rather than my walk in the woods version: Wayfarers Magic. Who was I to disagree?

 And hence, Sadhu Rose was born, and the name kindly thought up by another dear friend. Where would we be without crafty creative friends ;-)

So what’s the difference between the regular Comfrey Ointment and Sadhu Rose?

 One of the biggest questions I get at the markets is what’s the difference between the two ointments?
 
The only difference is in the Essential oils which do have their own set of benefits:
 
Wayfarers Magic: Rosemary, Lavender, Cedar, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Juniper.
 
Making it more suited to provide relief for inflammation, swelling, cuts, and burns due to the antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.
 
Sadhu Rose has: Rose, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Palma Rosa.
 
Sadhu rose comfrey ointment

Big heart, worn dyed worked hands…

Which is great for the skin as it softens, soothes and rejuvenates.  And the smell is good for the heart!

 Both have the benefits of herbs in the ointments of which the main herb is Comfrey. And the extra benefits of beeswax, organic Shea and Cocoa butter.
 If you are looking for relief for inflammation: muscle ache or arthritis, tennis elbow, RSI, burns then Wayfarers Magic is the go to Ointment.
 
For, creative hands and tired muscles: Sadhu Rose is the one for you. hits floral scent it’ll keep those hands weaving their magic longer and farther.
 
Now if only there were a solution for the interruptions from the rest of the world….

Fiber Friends, you need this (Sadhu Rose: Comfrey + Rose Salve) in your life to keep your hands nourished (mine get so dry and cracked) the comfrey helps my poor creaky knuckles...

Julie @Littleloom

Julie @Littleloom

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Have a bike and will Travel… Free Eco-friendly local delivery

[*to the theme track of these boots were made for walking*] ‘This bike was made for riding, and riding is what it will do, one of these days this bike is going to ride its way to you….’ Whahoo!!!

To show that there are some benefits to Soulsong Avalon moving into the hood, I am now offering my lovely neighbours, an eco-footprint-free mid-week lcoal delivery to those living in the suburbs in Newcastle of: Mayfield, Maryville, Islington, Hamilton, Wickham and Tighes Hill.

Having just moved to a new home, I know how scrumptious it is to lock the door and settle into your sofa, without a thought for getting up again. Who really wants to have to lift a finger or even go out of your cosy, warm house to buy something – unless of course it’s toilet paper.

I get it.

Let’s be honest, you can’t always make it to the markets – sadly some weekends there are even better things to do….  [side note, Carrington Village market is booked for 13 May, and hopefully you’ll also soon see me at the Farmers Market]

So hey, am happy to jump on my bike and deliver, fuelled by a bit of elbow grease and good old-fashioned effort, there are some perks to buying local.

I do apologize to those living further away, riding my deadly treadly all the way to Perth or even to Sydney isn’t on my list of things to do, not that kinda girl…For everyone further a field, Sendle does a stellar job of picking it up at my door and bring it to yours.

So, if you’d like some magical Comfrey in your life: the all-purpose, all-natural go to Comfrey Ointment or Face/ Body Oil,  or you just like getting something for free – give me a shout.

You can message, email or call me, or order online using code HEYNEIGHBOUR

So hey, am off to go get my bike on… ;) or on my bike…

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How to make Free Easy Comfrey Fertilizer at home

Sure you can buy fertilizer, if you wish.  However, Mother Nature also provides a free-homegrown Comfrey version.

Now I can hear you asking from here if it’s any good because we’ve been trained to believe you get what you pay for.

Comfrey Leaf

Comfrey leaf

Trust me, my friends, it’s better than good.  Would thousands of Permaculture gardener’s, be wrong?

Now then, read on as it is easy to make – yet I’ve only met a few people who know How to make Comfrey Fertilizer….

A black alchemic gold that will supercharge your soil and your plant friends will love you for.

So all you need is:

  1. Bucket with a lid
  2. Comfrey leaves

 – I told you it’d be easy –

If you don’t have the Comfrey, please go buy some. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a weed – it’s a little like any superhero, it hides its super powers, and lives incognito, waiting for the day it can spring into action.

Comfrey is also a great Companion Plant, so be sure to plant it near some herbs, tomatoes, potatoes or other plants that would like to prosper from a Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium rich soil.

Then when you’re heading into winter, as we are here in Australia.  You’ll find the plant starts to let its leaves eaten by caterpillars, as the natural order of things. It hibernates in winter, so it can focus on its roots. So don’t worry if you see this, you haven’t killed it.

Easy Pesy DIY Fertilizer Recipe

Don’t let all leaves go to waste, tear up a good few handfuls and put them into the bucket, with a stone or brick weighing them down. Add water, put a lid on it and once and awhile and give it a stir.

And in about 6-8 weeks, you have a super powered fermented fertilizer for your plant beds. Do dilute the liquid, use about 1 quarter Comfrey liquid Fertilizer to 4 quarters water.

All my herbs love Comfrey – the best garden companion plant!

If this is too much effort for you, or you’ve not got the time to waste, you can also use the leaves as mulch, just tear them up and place them around other plants.

Yes, that’s the whole recipe – I told you it would be easy.

I hope you and your garden enjoy your comfrey as much as I do.

I don’t think I’ll get far by calling my Face oil, fertilizer for the face ;)  Do remember that Comfrey, while it moonlights as the perfect companion plant and fertilizer, it’s real super powers are in the way it has the ability to speed our cells regeneration process.

So you can also use the leaves and roots to make an ointment, or find a wider range of products that I whipped up for your earlier using organic, all natural and delicious ingredients, here.

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To use or not to use… Beeswax, is it ethical? Why I’ve chosen to use it

To use or not to use?  Is something that I had asked myself, when I started on this journey. Knowing my use of beeswax would be questioned, and vegans would not buy my Wayfarer’s Magic and Sadhu Rose Comfrey Ointments.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

For a start, I don’t eat unethical animal products or support the treatment and misuse of animals for our consumption, production or testing.  So how, do then carry my values over into my products and business?

To answer this, I set about researching the question, is beeswax ethical? And should I be using it?

I came to the decision to use Beeswax, and here’s why;

1. Ethical Beeswax does exist;

I get my beeswax from a local beekeeper – it’s a beekeeping family, their native bees and are wild and are free here in central coast wilderness of New South Wales. It’s an excess bi-product of the honey that is ethically sourced; meaning there is always more than enough for the bees. Unlike in hives that are in mass production, and they are not tricked of forced to produce honey/ wax in excess.  Happy bees = Happy Honey = Ethical Beeswax.

2. Beeswax is also healing

Beeswax itself it uber beneficial to the skin and the healing process. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial. Due to this, it contributes to the healing quality of the ointments. It soothes and softens the skin, and forms a protective layer that still allows the skin to breathe and heal.  It is also a ‘natural’ product, that has not undergone industry processing.

Bees Natural Green Home turf

Since I’ve moved to the Central Coast I’ve also been using the wax from the same local beekeeping family that I get my honey from Suesse Honey‘. If you are ever at the Entrance market be sure to buy some of their honey! Their  ‘Raw honey Lemon, Ginger and Cinnamon’ blend – which also has Lemon Myrtle – tastes as good as it is healthy – I am completely unshamedly addicted.

For those that aren’t aware, Raw honey is packing with nutrients, it contains; 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. If you add to this the benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemon and Lemon Myrtle, you have a most delicious healthy treat.

I do empathise with the dilemma of using or not using animal products.

I remember the moment, that I learned the big-eyed gentle cow in the paddock could end up as a steak dinner. It’s the same moment I secretly vowed to never eat animals again.  As soon as I grew up and left home, that’s what I did and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.

Though, I am not a vegan, and I do have a few pair of leather shoes and a jacket.  Which I often get flack for funnily enough from meat eaters.  However, as one wise friend once said, ‘is it more ethical to have a sturdy jacket that lasts you 50+years that is biodegradable, or a jacket that is made from synthetic material, that has gone through industry processing to be created and then never degrades and pollutes the environment?’

Tough questions, that we need to face and ask ourselves when we aim to live a conscious life.

While I abhor the way humankind treats the animals on the planet, and how they are treated as a commodity rather than a sentient being.  It’s good to see that research is now supporting what many of us already know, that insects have emotions and sentience, as do plants and trees.

I do believe that as Robin Wall Kimmer states so wisely in her @onbeing interview,  we should be aiming for a reciprocal relationship with the world around us.  I love that idea!  It takes sustainability to the next level.

Lavender Bees

Lavender Bees

If we work to look after bees and their environment, it becomes a collaboration with them. In taking this reciprocal approach, we can create a better world, for everything – plants, animals and humans. We just need to start asking, how can we contribute – what do we have to give?

When we are not doing this, which we can see reflected in much of the world around us right now, we are out of balance with the natural world around us.

I am thankful for my Ethical Healing Beeswax, from happy bees that share their wares with us. And I hope that we, in turn, can share and work to protect them and their environments and well-being.

We can do this, by asking ourselves how we can contribute to living in a ‘Reciprocal’ way with the world around us. Can this be reflected in our daily decisions  i.e. buying heritage seeds, not supporting/using monsanto products, doing bio-dynamic gardening, growing flowers and plants that bees love.

In doing so, we take conscious steps, to live in a conscious way –  in balance and harmony with the world around us.

I do have two vegan products:
Bedouin’s Charm: Comfrey+Coconut+Grapefruit Body/Bath Oil
Eternal Serenity: Comfrey+Hemp+Argan Face Oil

And the products that contain Organic/ Ethically sourced Beeswax:
Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment
Sadhu Rose: Rose+Comfrey Ointment

Note:
All my products and ingredients are Cruelty-free, and not tested on any animals (only myself, and consenting family and friends).

Further Reading:
The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

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Yarrow: If it’s good enough for Achilles, it’s good enough for me

I know, I go on and on about the Comfrey in my products and how much of a Magical herb that it is, which of course is true. However, there are also other herbs that are also pretty magical too. And one of them is Yarrow.

Yarrow tried and tested on live Battlefields:

Yarrow’s history is equally rich – thanks to some big time celebrity sponsored marketing by a dude called ‘Achilles’.  This is reflected in Yarrow’s Botanical name; Achillea Millefolium, the first part of the name honours ‘Achilles’ who is said to have used it on the battlefield during the Trojan War to control the bleeding and heal the wounds of his soldiers.  The second part is ‘thousand of leaves’, due to the feathery amount of leaves that it has.

Rumour even has it among some, that it got its name when Achilles covered himself in Yarrow tincture all over but missed his ankle – the rest they say is legend – personally, I think this might be a good PR spin at its finest.

Nor can I imagine a warrior with the reputation of Achilles was really running around and seeing to his armies wounds.  I do imagine that he had a jolly good medical man/ herbalist along. As an ambulance, morphine shot and a plaster cast weren’t available.  A battlefield would be the perfect place to test the worthiness of a herbalist’s own character and that of his herbs.

So, I am apt to believe that Yarrow won out as the go-to herb on the battlefield, and hence carries the name of Achilles evermore – a long-lasting claim to fame.  Its nicknames are nosebleed, military herb, which also says it all.

Why it won Achilles stamp of approval:

The reason it would have been used is due ability to staunch bleeding rapidly making it a great garden bandaid. This is due to its complex chemical components two of which are achilletine and achilleine which makes the blood coagulate and speeds up the healing of wounds. It is also said to be antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, three other qualities that would come in handy if you’d had your arm cut off in battle.

As good Ole’ Culpeper says “Ointment of the leaves cures wounds, and is good for inflammation, ulcers, fistulas and all such runnings as abound with moisture.”

It’s also been known to calm down the skin, and great for rash, itchiness and dry skin. And it can be used internally to bring down a fever, allergies, sinus issues, to calm menstrual bleeding, stomach issues and better circulation.

Pretty magic, if you ask me, which is why I choose to use it in supporting Comfrey to create the base that I use for my products. I figure if it’s good enough for Achilles and his armies it’s good enough for me.

Shepherds Alchemy Comfrey Products

Shepherds Alchemy Comfrey Products

You can find the Yarrow in the Shepherds Alchemy Product Range:

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment
Sadhu Rose: Rose + Comfrey Ointment
Bedouin’s Charm: Comfrey + Coconut + Grapefruit Body/ Bath oil
Eternal Serenity: Comfrey + Argan + Hemp Face Oil

“This is my first time using a body oil and I LOVE IT. It is a treat to the body and senses -- feels great on the skin and smells delicious. As it is important to know what I'm applying on my skin and then washing out into the environment, this body oil is made of natural ingredients and I appreciate that. I look forward to pampering my skin daily now after a shower. Thanks, Michelle”.

Juanita

Resources used:

www.herbwisdom.com
Rodale’s 21st-Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments
Culpeper’s Complete Herbal: Over 400 Herbs and Their Uses

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Wayfarers Magic: All Purpose Comfrey Ointment

Comfrey Plant

Comfrey Plant

So once upon a time, I was busy travelling around Australia, when I had the opportunity to spend some time on a Comfrey Farm on French Island.  And it was here that I learnt, saw and experienced first hand many of the benefits of comfrey. From being used in permaculture as a companion plant or fertiliser to brewing ointments that relieved me of my long-standing RSI (repetitive strain injury), insect bites, calluses and muscle strain (yes, farm work is hard).

I literally saw bruises, strains and muscles heal overnight and the more I read the research I realised how miraculous this plant was, and I was surprised at how little was known or published about it.

As I left the farm, I was enthralled and went on to study more herblore to better understand what else would relieve Arthritis, which my mother has, as well as keep my own RSI and varicose veins at bay.  In an all natural – ‘no need to see a doctor kind of way’.  I also researched the essential oils, as well as the properties of Cocoa and Shea Butter, all which make up the

As well as this I researched the essential oils, as well as the properties of Cocoa and Shea Butter, all which make up the Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment product that I have today.

Comfrey is much more than just a traveller’s talisman. Hence I’ve given the Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment the term ‘All-purpose’, this is largely thanks to my own testing of it on everything and anything that might come up.

I’ve relieved and helped heal my aching and tired Muscles, Insect bites, Burns, RSI, Varicose Vein and Trauma injuries. When I fell off my bike I raced (well ok, cried all the way home) covered the injuries with Comfrey and the next day I had no pain or swelling at all.   When I’d splashed boiling oil onto my wrist – I was dreading the blisters and scars it might leave as my skin turned a shocking red, I quickly

One day, I accidentally splashed boiling oil onto my wrist, I was dreading the blisters as I saw the skin starting to swell, and scars it might leave, I quickly slathered on the comfrey ointment, intermittently exchanging it with a cooling leaf of Aloe vera for half an hour – covered again it in comfrey, before applying a bandage and cooling pack. The next morning there was no sign I’d been burnt – not the slightest of marks.  This to me gives new meaning to the term ‘All Purpose’.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

The biggest thrill for me  is seeing and hearing the stories from people who have bought and are using the ointment, telling me of their relief from Arthritis, Back pain, Fractures, Broken bones, Tennis elbow, RSI, Plantar Fasciitis. One lady uses it as a hand cream saying she loved it as it felt great and significantly reduced her age spots. Another told me that it’s provided relief from Psoriasis, (to heal psoriasis the diet and stress management also needs to be addressed), it can calm the pain, irritation and inflammation of the skin.

I also have to give each herb in the Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment some deep love and appreciation, while Comfrey is just magic; there are some other key players I’d also like to introduce you to, as my Comfrey Base blend also consists of:

  • Yarrow: The lovely herbs claim to fame was that Achilles reputedly used it to heal his wounds after battle, with the nickname of ‘nosebleed’, for you guessed it stopping nosebleeds.  No doubt thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and astringent properties.
  • Burdock: Is one of the most detoxifying herbs, and has both Antiseptic and antibiotic qualities. Particularly renowned for skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis for it’s calming and detoxing effects. Also has been proven to reduce the signs of ageing as it also supports the cell rejuvenation.
  • Devils Claw: has been used to provide relief internally and externally for Gout, Arthritis both rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis as well as Swollen inflamed joints. And externally for Boils, Skin sores and Skin cancer.
  • Horsetail: Has incredibly high silica content it is also reputed to speed up the repair of damaged tissue and skin elasticity, providing relief and healing of arthritic problems, eczema, psoriasis, sprains and fractures.
  • Calendula:  Another amazing little herb that is a must in any herbal medicine cabinet. It is an ideal remedy for inflamed skin, and has soothing, healing and antiseptic properties. Traditionally used to speed up the healing of or sooth; cuts, scrapes inflamed skin, sunburn and minor burns.
  • Essential Oils that I’ve chosen (Frankincense, Juniper, Cedar wood, Rosemary, Bergamot, Clary Sageand Lavender) are all beneficial for the skin in that they protect, embalm, disinfect sooth, calm, moisturise and are both anti-spasmodic and anti inflammatory.
Comfrey Leaf

Comfrey leaf

Together this blend of organic herbs and healing local beeswax and organic Cocoa and Shea butter,  works to provide relief on all levels be it as a simple nourishing hand cream to speeding up the recover of a traumatic injury or irritated inflated skin or joints – it supports the bodies natural healing process.

I always suggest it best to apply a few times during the day, and especially at night before going to sleep. This is the 8 hours our body uses to heal itself and I believe these herbs work with our body while it’s sleeping to hasten the healing process.

Click here to learn more or try the Wayfarers Magic’: Comfrey Ointment, and use the discount code allpurpose when checking out for a 20% discount valid until the end of January 2017.

“I have been using the Comfrey Ointment for my Plantar Fasciitis for over 7 weeks now, together with the ice packs, stretches and massaging the ointment in both morning and night. My doctor told me it would be a long healing process that could take up to 2 years. I’ve had it since the beginning of October and now in mid-January all the pain, symptoms and discomforts have disappeared. I am normally very suspicious about this claims or testimonials, however this comfrey ointment has certainly worked miracles for me.”

ineke
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Top 5 ways to support Arthritis Naturally

Yes, it’s ironic, that I’d be writing about Natural Arthritis Prevention and management when my “Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment”, provides relief to Arthritis.

Yet,  I’d prefer to prevent Arthritis than manage the symptoms of it. Wouldn’t we all prefer a happy pain-free world for everyone at whatever age?

As Hippocrates, once said ‘Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food’, and there was never truer words spoken. And it’s these words that play in my mind as I continually educate myself on good health and well-being.

Friday Bingo

Friday Bingo

When I volunteered at an aged care home in Buenos Aires, I was in charge of Friday’s bingo and had the honour of meeting Betty* (* name has been changed to protect the not so innocent).  Betty had been married, must’ve and still was a stunner – she captured my imagination with the stories of the wild escapades of her youth.  Sure, skinny dipping in the river with a bunch of girlfriends might not be shocking now, it certainly was back in the 1930’s.

Betty had been married, must’ve and still was a stunner – she captured my imagination with the stories of the wild escapades of her youth.  Sure, skinny dipping in the river with a bunch of girlfriends might not be shocking now, it certainly was back in the 1930’s.

She was independent, strong and positive, the only thing that bothered her was her Rheumatoid Arthritis. She often spoke of her inability to hold a pen to write to her 3 grandchildren living in the USA, and wasn’t able to knit as she’d done all her life.

I wish I knew more about Arthritis then, and if she were still around this is the advice I’d be giving her:

Manage and Prevent Arthritis by following these simple steps:

  1. Keep hydrated, drink water – this is what keeps the fluid in our body well oiled, and rids our body of waste products that otherwise contribute to the Arthritic inflammation.
  2. TurmericEat beneficial spices such as Turmeric to your diet wherever you can, this earlier post explains how. Ginger also calms inflammations as does Cinnamon.
  3. Make sure you are getting your Omega 3-6-9, either through eating Fish, Flaxseed/ Olive Oil or Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil which is the best oil for all three Omegas.
  4. Eat enough veggies & Fruit: Preferably organic or home grown, especially berries for antioxidants, citrus fruit or kiwi for vitamin C, broccoli, dark green veggies as well as squash, carrots and apricots:
    • – Organic is preferred, as it is free of chemical pesticides, it also has more nutrients and minerals from the soil for our body so it can more readily renew our cellar tissue.
  5. Avoid Coffee, Alcohol, Smoking, food additives and Sugar-
    – These either stop the nutrients you need from being absorbed in your body, which you need for cell renewal, or they directly help to cause the inflammation.

Yes, I would also gift Betty a jar of my “Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment”, as an adventurous traveller I have no doubt she’d have loved the name and the opportunity to use it.

More than that, I’d have like to see her on a healthier diet that was able to manage/prevent the pain caused to her by Arthritis. If nothing else so she’d be able to write her grandchildren without needing to dictate her innermost thoughts and affections for them through another.

Highly recommend this book if you’d like to know more: The Autoimmune Fix

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More good news about Comfrey

comfreyLet’s be honest there can never be enough good said about this most humble of plants, however I am always thrilled to read and share good news that I find. And this latest one that I stumbled upon is from the Online Chiropractic community website, and it shares some great research results.

Before I get onto that I will add, that I personally believe that while I am not at all a fan of big pharma the fact that Merck has added comfrey into its back pain remedy cream after, this in turn has lead to further research especially in Germany the home of Merck.  Of course I wish educational/ research centres would do more study of the benefits of plants, especially whole plants – however the funding at this point isn’t there to do so. I am appreciative though that right now there are people out there studying up on Comfrey – and even more appreciative that it’s being recommended as a healthy (side effect free) remedy to  Chiropractors, to assist in the healing and relief of their patients. As the article, written by Holly Lucille, which can be found here states:

Why Topical comfrey deserves a spot in your chiropractic practice:

Aside from soothing inflammation, comfrey treats many conditions life can throw your way, including open wounds, muscle pain, and knee and ankle sprains and strains.

Topical comfrey in practice

In a controlled, double-blind, randomised, multi-center study after using comfrey, patients suffering from acute ankle sprain and pain saw a 50- percent reduction of pain in just three days.

In another study, bruised and sprained knees were treated with Trauma comfrey cream within 12 hours of the injury. Intensive treatment with comfrey and gauze wrapping was performed for four days. By that stage, pain and swelling had dropped considerably. At day seven, no patients reported any knee pain while at rest, and most were completely pain-free by day 10. All were pain free by day 14.

None of the patients noted any reddening, itching, or dry skin. The study author noted that the quick drop in pain levels allowed the patients to move their knees sooner, diminishing the possibility of further muscle damage due to immobility.

Trauma comfrey has also been tested for safety with children. In a German study, 386 children between the ages of 3 and 12 who had suffered bruises, sprains, strains, and muscle pain from playing sports were treated with Trauma comfrey. It was found to be effective for 90 percent of participants and, importantly, there were no adverse reactions or effects reported.

Healing compounds

Why does it work so well? There are three compounds that provide major healing power in this type of comfrey: allantoin, choline, and rosamarinic acid. Each one facilitates the healing process in its own way.

Allantoin boosts the rebuilding of cells and regenerates damaged tissue.

Choline helps injured blood vessels and nerve endings recover faster.

Rosmarinic acid fights inflammation and reduces cell damage.

For more information, studies and side notes please go to the original article that can be found here:

Why topical comfrey deserves a spot in your chiropractic practice

Comfrey Ointment

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

Ah, I love Comfrey – don’t you!  what a great article, and I do wish that more chiropractors or physiotherapists would look to natural solutions to provide relief and a speedier recovery… Natural herbs, with no side effects are out there, available and ready to be of service to us, all we need to do is ask.

If you are interested in my Comfrey Ointment: Wayfarers Magic – made using all organic and natural ingredients, you can find it in my shop here.

 

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New Product. Eternal Serenity Face Oil Debuts

EternalSerenity005Wahoo!!! Eternal Serenity Face Oil finally makes its debut.  I’ve been using it for awhile and have to admit am completely loving it (I know I say this with all my products, and while it could be a sales pitch, it’s not!  If I test something and it’s not working, and I don’t love it – I make it again and certainly don’t keep using it or make it sell.  If I don’t love it then don’t expect anyone else to either – so I am both the critic and guinea pig of all testing :)).

While I was moving I ran out and didn’t have it with me for over a month and the difference was significant –  so glad to have settled in, finishing my first new batch and having my skin is back to its natural healthy glowing, soft self – which is why I am so thrilled to now have the opportunity to share it with you all.

It’s made up of the same  Comfrey Infused Blend that is also used in my other products, however the difference is in the additional oils which are just heaven for the skin;

Hemp oil is pure food for the skin, Regenerates and Rejuvenates the skin’s protective layer, thanks to its high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, it has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an great natural emollient and moisturiser.

Argan oil is extremely rich in nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E.  It softens, hydrates, reducing wrinkles by restoring elasticity and has an anti-oxidant effect. On top of that it also helps to heal acne and reduce inflammation

Red Raspberry Seed oil is especially protective of the skin, shielding it from UV-B and UV-C rays as well as infrared. It is also anti-inflammatory due to high content of alpha linolenic acid and phytosterols therefore helpful for eczema and psoriasis and has anti-ageing benefits thanks to it’s anti-oxidant properties.

And the essential oils used are also particularly great for the skin in how the tone, embalm, even out the skin tone, calm and EternalSerenity006smooth out the skin too.  Our skin is our first contact point to the world, it’s important what we put on it, and these ingredients are pure nutrients for the skin.

Anyone interested in trying some, to celebrate it’s debut feel free to use the discount code SERENE  for a 20% off, valid for the next 2 weeks. Find it in my shop here.

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Move over superman, can Comfrey a Herb, save the world?

Well it would have been if Henry Doubleday would have had his way.  You see he was a lovely Irishman a little ahead of his time.  The story goes (I wasn’t there, so sorry to say it’s not a first hand account), back in the early 1900’s he came across some Comfrey and was somewhat amazed at it’s affects on both his own health, the way that comfrey both fertilizers the soil and brings nutrients up from deep in the earth to it’s roots, and hence making the soil even richer than ever, he even noticed the effect this wonderful herb had on the health of his livestock.comfrey_plant

He started bringing it into the UK and planting large crops, in the hope to be able to feed and heal people livestock and the soil…. I am not quite sure where and how the story ended; I do know that he passed away before being able to see his dream come to life. And  slowly this modest herb without any big name behind it, without a big company a team of marketing strategist so slowly left the forefront of people’s mind, as the medical profession turned to medicines that were supported by companies with plenty of money for research, the crystallisation of extracts of the comfrey plant overfed intravenously to rats leading this simple herb to be added unjustly to the poisons list and the public has since turned to marketed medicines.  And yet, Comfrey remains with us, modest in qualities, there for those that care enough to find out and work with it in our endeavours. Abiding it’s time where it will one day be able to rip of the binds and the cloak of invisibility to once more show that it could, can and perhaps still will save the world.  A few it’s super-powers;

  1. Its main component is Allantoin which regenerates cell tissue, helping to speed up our bodies ability to self heal/ setting of wounds, injuries, fractures, broken bones and sprains. This is also said to be the key element that leading some to declare this herb the elixir of life.
  2. It is rich in vitamins, A, B1, B2, E & C especially good for vegetarians as it even has B12, which is a rare vitamin to find in plants, it even has nutrients such pantothenic acid (B5), calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, iron, Selenium, protein and phosphorus – beneficial for humans, plants and animals.
  3. It pulls nutrients to top of the soil around it and into nearby area, making it an incredibly valuable companion plant for other herbs, fruit trees and vegetables.
  4. Due to it’s richness in nitrogen and potassium it makes an amazing fertilizer, especially in today’s climate where soil nutrients are in decline, due to over-planting and lack of crop rotation.
  5. Farmers that have fed the leaves to livestock have reported a large increase of produce & health of their animals.
One of my own little home grown comfrey plants

One of my own little home grown comfrey plants

Now Comfrey is a humble plant, it just gets on with what it does best, which is to grow and grow, and then grow some more.  And while I might think Comfrey is a pretty super herb, and I do completely agree with Henry Doubleday and wished he’d lived to see his dream come true.  I hope for Comfrey that one day it will truly be recognised for it’s valuable contribution to our soils and earth, to our healing and our lives.

Notes:

For more information on full ompontents of comfrey, please check our Dr Christophers site: ‘allantoin (leaf) 13,000ppm; (root) 6,000-8,000 ppm-the biological activities are antidandruff, anti-inflammatory, anti-peptic, anti-psoriac, anti-ulcer, immuno-stimulant, keratolytic, sunscreen, suppurative, vulnerary. Symphytum is the number one plant species with the highest amount of allantoin’.

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