May is about the comfrey...for all your summer break boo-boos!
Just the Facts
- Plant Description : Comfrey has broad, hairy leaves and small, bell-shaped flowers that are usually purple.
- Parts to use : Leaves and root
- Used primarily for : Broken bones, sprains, bruises, bleeding, wounds, sores, eczema
- You can make : Poultice, salve, oil, lip balm (external use only)
- Comfrey Salve : Mix 2 ounces of dried comfrey with 1 cup olive oil. Simmer 20 minutes on low heat (with your parent’s help). Melt ½ ounce beeswax into a different pan and then pour in the herbal mixture to make a cream. (If it is too hard, add oil. If it is too soft, add beeswax.) Spread on skin as needed.
- Comfrey Lip Balm : Mix 2 tsp honey into the comfrey salve recipe above and let cool. Use on sore or chapped lips as needed. (External use only)
Do it Yourself!
- DIY Resources : Use the hardware resources listed here, along with dried comfrey and beeswax.
- Not ready to DIY? : Try the Comfrey Cream, Comfrey Salve, or Comfrey Tincture.
- Fun Bonus : You can avoid stitches by pouring comfrey tincture directly into an open wound! It might sting a little, but not nearly as bad as getting stitches.