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Comfrey

Symphytum officinale

For over 2,000 years, comfrey or “knitbone,” has been an essential ingredient for traditional medicine. Philosophers and the forefathers of modern Phytotherapy have marveled over the herb and its healing properties. Motherlove uses this herb specifically for our Green Salve, due to its believed ability to quicken the natural healing process. 

Why You Might Find it Helpful: The roots of comfrey contain chemical substances, such as allantoin and rosmarinic acid, which help reform new skin layers and reduce pain after harmful cuts. Traditionally, comfrey root has been used to help soothe joint inflammation, heal wounds, burns, and even bruises.

What It Looks Like:  Comfrey is a perennial plant with large, dark-green, hairy leaves. You will be able to identify the plant by its small, purple, bell-shaped flowers. Interestingly, comfrey’s white, gelatinous root appears black on the outside to deter animals from eating it. This plant is also extremely adaptable and fast-growing — you can easily start a new plant just by taking a piece of the original!

Things to Know: Historically, people have eaten comfrey leaves as a vegetable. However, due to naturally occuring chemicals within the plant, it is no longer deemed safe for consumption. As a result, Motherlove’s Green Salve is for external use only.