With this medicinal plant we can prepare home and natural remedies to treat various conditions. The remedies that we will prepare with comfrey They are for external use since their internal consumption is not advised because it can be toxic, due to its toxic alkaloid content.
The comfrey belongs to the family of the Boragináceas, same family of the borage. There are several properties of comfrey as well as its benefits and then we detail it: it is tonic, astringent, demulcent, vulnerary, expectorant, pectoral and emollient.
Comfrey contains the following active ingredients: it is tannin, mucilage, alkaloids, resin, gums, allantoin and essential oil.
The leaves, root and rhizome are used to prepare the medicinal remedies. Comfrey for its properties is used to treat and cure conditions such as gastric ulcers, hiatal hernia, hemorrhages, to expectorate, calm the cough, to heal superficial wounds.
Comfrey can be obtained in stores of natural products such as herbalists, parapharmacies, pharmacies that dispense natural products, online. We can get comfrey in various formats such as dried leaves, dried root, drops, drinkable, in capsules, in tincture for external use and in essential oil.
As we have said before, the internal consumption of comfrey is not advised because it can be toxic, although in the past preparations were prepared for ingestion at present, they are not advised.
In case of acquiring any format of comfrey to ingest we should consult with the therapeutic professionals and follow their guidelines.
We can prepare the home remedies with the root, with fresh or dried leaves and to acquire the root if we have the fresh plant within our reach we must collect it in spring and autumn.
How to prepare natural remedies with comfrey
Seat baths for hemorrhoids
To prepare the seat bath we need to marinate the comfrey.
We put 200 grams of fresh leaves of comfrey to macerate with 2 liters of water. Maceramos throughout the night.
After the time we put the preparation to the fugo, we boil the maceration and once it boils we separate from the fire.
We put the preparation where we go to do the seat bath. The seat bath can be made both warm and hot. We will do the seat bath for 10 minutes and 2 times a day.
Comfrey comfrey for superficial wounds
To prepare comfrey compresses, we need to prepare an infusion with boiled comfrey leaves for external use.
Prepare the infusion with a spoonful of fresh or dried leaves and a cup of water.
We put the water to boil and when it starts to boil add the comfrey. Remove from the heat, cover the infusion and let it rest for 10 minutes. We fill the infusion and moisten a sterile gauze, compress or handkerchief in the infusion and apply hot on the area to be treated.
Apply hot without getting to burn. This remedy we can apply 2 or 3 times a day.
Concentrated infusion of comfrey for external use
This infusion is more concentrated than the previous one and we will prepare it with dry comfrey root.
We need 100 grams of crushed dry root of comfrey and half a liter of water.
We put the water to the fire to boil and when it starts to boil add the comfrey. We remove from the fire and leave macerating throughout the night. We filter or strain the preparation.
Wet a sterile gauze, compress or handkerchief and apply to the area to be treated. We can apply this remedy 2 or 3 times a day. This remedy can be applied to sores, superficial wounds, superficial burns.
Poultice of fresh leaves of comfrey for cracks in the skin and nipples
To prepare this poultice we will use a handful of fresh leaves of comfrey.
Wash the fresh leaves of comfrey and crush them with the help of a mortar.
Once crushed we take a bit of the crushed and apply directly on the area to be treated.
We will apply this remedy 2 or 3 times a day.
This remedy is also effective in case of sores, and superficial wounds.
Contraindications of comfrey
Comfrey should not be ingested because it contains toxic alkaloids and can be harmful.
It is advisable at the time of acquiring the comfrey in some format in which this medicinal plant is presented, letting itself be guided by the therapeutic professionals, following its guidelines and advice and also following the indications of the prospects.
In the following cases the comfrey is contraindicated:
- In children.
- During pregnancy.
- During the period of lactation.