How To Easily Make Anti-Inflammatory Comfrey Ointment

How To Easily Make Anti-Inflammatory Comfrey Ointment
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Comfrey is a perennial shrub that one of its most common modern-day uses is in skin treatments. Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy.

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Comfrey ointments are often applied to the skin to heal bruises, reduce joint inflammation, as well as for pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, gout and arthritis. So as you can see, it is a versatile ointment with many uses and benefits.

The use of comfrey should be restricted to topical use only, and should never be ingested. You should also never apply comfrey application to a broken skin. It is also recommend to apply comfrey applications is small amounts no longer than 10 days in a row, and no more than 4–6 weeks a year.

Here is a very easy homemade recipe for comfrey ointment using only 3 ingredients: comfrey leaves, olive oil and beeswax. Beeswax can usually be found from honey sellers at local markets. Beeswax is known to lock in moisture and protect the skin from damaging environmental factors by creating a protective barrier against the elements.

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Beeswax effectively softens and nourishes the skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti viral properties that make it helpful for skin healing. Beeswax also contains vitamin A which is necessary for normal cell development.

Homemade Comfrey Ointment Recipe

1 oz dried comfrey leaves (or 2 oz fresh leaves) finely chopped
10 oz olive oil
1 oz grated beeswax

Preparation

Add the comfrey leaves to the olive oil in a pan and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 30 minutes. Pour the mixture into a muslin bag, and squeeze the mixture (wearing rubber gloves) into the pan.

Add the beeswax to the oil and stir well over a low heat until it melts. Pour to a jar and place the lid on the jar without securing it. When the ointment has cooled, tighten the lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

You can find more useful information about comfrey and other herbs in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This e-book will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

Herbal Remedies Guide

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7 Responses to How To Easily Make Anti-Inflammatory Comfrey Ointment

  1. Pam Phillips says:

    You say it’s good for 3 months, if I forgot to date the jar when I made it, how would I know when it has been 3 months? Will it loose it’s potency, get rancid, get moldy, what should I look for?
    Thank you for the recipe and your time to answer this question, Sincerely Pam Phillips

  2. Thom says:

    Would comfrey salve or ointment be good healing for pressure ulcers, or the general pressures from sitting on the bottom all day; like in a wheelchair?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Comfrey is suitable to treat the early stage of bed sores (pressure ulcers) where the skin is not broken (comfrey should not be applied to a broken skin). Advanced stages of pressure ulcers where the skin has been broken are NOT suitable to be treated with comfrey. Other things you can try are aloe vera, plantain cream, calendula cream and honey. More advanced stages of pressure ulcers are often difficult to treat and require a physician to oversee the treatment plan.

  3. Johanna Hoban says:

    Maybe a weird question, but can I use it on the red irritated skin from my dog, to soothen the itch he has?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You can apply comfrey ointment on dogs, but if the skin is broken, don’t apply it as comfrey should not be applied on a broken skin. Another issue is that the use of comfrey should be restricted to topical use only, and should never be ingested, so you need to make sure that your dog cannot reach to the affected area and lick it. It is also recommended to apply comfrey is small amounts and for a short period of time. Alternatively you can apply calendula cream on your dog. Calendula heals the skin and helps regenerate skin and has antiseptic effect. You can buy calendula oil or salve in the pharmacy.

  4. Jerri says:

    Is comfrey oil good for SIRVA?

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