So begins what will (hopefully) be a weekly addition to the Aftermath blog. Each week I will post an article about one plant or tree that is used for medicinal and/or food purposes.
For starters, comfrey is indiginous to Europe and grows in temperate regions of the world, such as North America and Australia. It grows best in moist areas, particularly in marsh lands. It is a perennial that grows up to 3 feet with thick leaves and white to pink flowers.
Comfrey has been used in the past to treat bronchitis, stomach ulcers, broken bones or sprains, acne, fungal skin infections, aching joints, and rashes. It’s key properties are demulcent, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and it is also transdermal (able to go through the skin). It has the ability to heal bruises, sprains, fractures, and broken bones very quickly. If you were to apply a comfrey compress (cloth soaked in a diluted tincture wrapped around the injury) immediately to a sprain or a broken bone, the healing time, as well as the severity of your injury, would be reduced significantly.
If you wish to plant comfrey, the best times of the year would be in the spring or early autumn. Plant in a sunny and warm site with moistened soil. Use the leaves of the plant, gathered in the spring, for ointments, or crush them them up and apply directly to the skin. You may use the root of plant internally, especially if you are gathering in the fall or winter, though generally it is recommended to use the leaves externally instead.
Well, that’s all for now! Come back soon for more herbs as well as our accounts of recent primitive events we have taken part in. As always, feel free to e-mail us or respond with any questions or suggestions you might have.
– Miranda Vivian