I for one, have this innate believe that whatever illnesses, aches and pains that we might have, there is a natural solution, just often times we may not know of it, it doesn’t quiet have the marketing clout or PR budgets that a packaged product might have, and lets be honest most research is paid for by pharmaceuticals, so more often than not natural products don’t quiet have the field testing or quantifiable scientific research behind it.
The reason I bring this up is, that in the past and often my favorite herbs of all times can been seen to get undeserved bad rap, please see sources articles at the bottom if you’d like some more information on all that. Comfrey has a vast history, it was used to heal bones, bump and bruises by the gladiators, was used by wise women and healers in medieval times to the point it earned the nickname ‘knitbone’, which it is still know by today, and is still widely used.
While it gets an undeserved wrap for internal use, it is still a star for external treatments and highly recommended. I personally use it for almost everything, I make my own organic ointments from an organic sunflower oil infused with comfrey, to which I add burdock, devils claw, calendula, lavender and horsetail as well as some all healing essential oils such as juniper, cedarwood, bergamot and frankincense – all organic and all natural ingredients (I love seeing and knowing what goes into my concoctions, as then I know what it is where it comes from). In the rose version I’ve used Rose geranium and Rose otto oils instead of the other essential oils, which smell incredibly delicious and great to use on your face at night.
My body oils are something I’ve been using myself for ages and really works a treat, it’s the same comfrey infused oil as listed above, only I’ve added sweet almond oil, coconut oil, arnica oil and grapefruit Essential oil which is a great start to the day and is great for the skin and cellulite too. As you can tell, am loving comfrey and the products. I’ve tested it on any issues that come up for me, pulled a muscle in my neck last week and apply the ointment before going to be and voila, after two nights it’s gone, I use it on my RSI, burns and any achy muscles, I see it help my mum’s arthritis, and a friends eczema – I even use it as a night cream and am loving that too. I suggest you try it, or look into what natural remedies and products work for you.
I recall someone asking me once if I would drink petroleum, to which of course the answer is no – however we do daily slather our skin, which is our largest organ in just that – I dare you to go and read the label of the product you are using. I was shocked that indeed my oh so healthy cocoa butter that I was using was also a petroleum based, nothing other than a bi-product from the petrol industry – of course from that day onwards I’ve stocked up on organic coconut oil and have been using my home made recipes ever since. You can make so much right at home and it’s equally as good, cheap and much healthier for you, your skin and the environment.
Anyway, if your looking for some healing you can drop me an email if your in Adelaide and would like to buy some, I can at times be found at the Flinders Street Market, or in stock at the Organic Ministry and online you can also find my products on etsy.com, click here.
Or would like to find out more, please feel free to check out some of these resources:
Comfrey website (this is the place in French Island that I first learnt all about the magic of comfrey )
Scientific Research (although do look at whose funding the research, no all research is created equal – I wish it were)
Summary and a good detailed overview of comfrey
Herbs are Special website, more interesting information about comfrey