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Symphytum officinale

Symphytum officinale


Famous herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote that Comfrey: "is special good for ruptures and broken bones" and ancient use of comfrey involved making a cast from cloths soaked in a boiled paste of the herb, which would set like plaster. This Comfrey cast was then used on a broken bone, believing it would promote rapid healing. Use of the herb in such manner gave Comfrey its once common name of "knitbone".

Although largely unproven, some modern herbalist still believe that when Comfrey is topically applied, the active substance is absorbed into the skin and can speed up healing of bone, cartilage and muscle tissue.

In addition to broken bones, earlier use by the Greeks and Romans showed that superficial wounds which were treated with Comfrey would heal very quickly. We now know that this would be attributed to the presence of a soothing substance known as Allantoin.

Allantoin promotes cell proliferation and is particularly valuable for wound healing. Although the flowers and leaves of comfrey are rich in allantoin, it is often produced synthetically for pharmaceutical creams and ointments.

Skin Care Benefits:
Healing CellProliferant, Soothing, Astringent

Alchemilla Products Containing this Herb:

Face Care
- Rehydrating Day Care Lotion
- Rehydrating Day Care Cream

Bath and Body
- Lavender Natural Herbal Soap

Botanical Remedies
- Hypericum Ointment
- Calendula Cream
- Rosebay Willowherb Cream

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