Updated: Nov 24, 2019
Also called black root, common comfrey, slippery root, and wallwort.
Comfrey is a perennial herb native to europe and asia, with pale yellow and purple flowers with long rough leaves.
Applicable parts used
Leaf, rhizome, and root
Symbolizes comfort and home sweet home
Organs & systems affected
Assist in the healing of trauma and binds and strengthens broken tissues
Mechanism of action
Alterative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, tonic, hepatotoxic, vulnerary and hypotensive.
Mildly bitter; cooling and moist
Polysaccharides, phenolic acids, llantoin, polyphenols, amino acids, phytosterols, triterpenoids, saponins, and alkaloids
Comfrey has been used orally for gastritis, ulcers, excessive menstrual flow, diarrhea, persistent cough, pleuritis, bronchitis, gum disease, and sore throat. Topically, comfrey has been used for leg ulcers, wounds, joint inflammation, bruises, sore muscles, sprains, back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, phlebitis, varicose veins, boils, and hemorrhoids.
Precaution & adverse reactions
Safest when used topically.
Comfrey may interact with hepatotoxic drugs like tylenol, and cytochrome p450 3a4 inducers like phenytoin.
Pregnancy and lactation
Possibly unsafe when used orally or topically because it may be hepatotoxic, carcinogenic and teratogenic.
Herbal infusion: 1 tsp of dry herb in 8-10 oz of water
Our favorite pairings
Calendula, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, roses
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