The most interesting health benefits of comfrey root include its ability to reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, boost the immune system, promote growth, and strengthen bones. It also helps heal skin, prevent cancer, and improve respiratory health.
Since the times of Ancient Romans and Greeks, comfrey root has been used by physicians as an ingredient for medicine, but it was used by the people in cosmetics, soap making, fabric dying, leather tanning and as a fertilizer. Herbalist healers would recommend this tea for treating external injuries from fractures to cuts or burns. They would also recommend that patients take this tea internally to treat digestive problems such as heartburn and indigestion. Today comfrey is still valued, but mainly as an external form of treatment, and in the world of cosmetics particularly in herbal shampoos.
Comfrey root is rich in calcium and allantoin, two elements that encourage the rapid growth of cells and tissue repair. It is also rich in a number of other components such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C and E, and minerals like chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, germanium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and zinc. It contains proteins, mucilage, phytosterols, saponins, tannins and inulin.
A standard preparation procedure is to cook two teaspoons of dried roots in two cups of water for about 5 minutes. You can also pour boiling water over the plant, let it stand for 10 minutes and proceed. (Before using this tea internally, make sure to get the approval of your doctor.)
For linings : Cook 100 g of root for 10 minutes with 1 l of water or milk. Apply the stretched mass on the gauze as a coating.
When you apply comfrey to your skin, it can have some benefits on rashes and irritations. The high content of antioxidants, as well as vitamin C, makes comfrey pastes and salves the ideal solution for speeding up the healing of wounds. Antioxidants also help eliminate foreign substances in the body and preventing cell death, while vitamin C’s importance in producing collagen means that it is necessary to produce new skin cells for healing.
In a similar way as the analgesic substances in comfrey root, the various organic compounds, like saponins and tannins, also serve as anti-inflammatory components of this powerful herb. If you suffer from arthritis, gout, or other inflammatory disorders, use comfrey root salves as often as necessary.
As mentioned earlier, vitamin C is a major component of comfrey root, and ascorbic acid’s primary role in the body is to stimulate the production of white blood cells, which is the first line of defense of the body’s immune system. By increasing the strength of your immune system, even from topical applications, you can improve conditions like jaundice and various vitamin and immune deficiencies.
One of this herbal remedy’s nickname is knitbone because it can help speed up the healing process for broken bones, as well as other injuries. It is also rich in calcium, which is a key ingredient in bone growth. The unique combination of organic compounds found in comfrey root can stimulate the regrowth of bone minerals, by facilitating more efficient uptake and use of these minerals within the body.
The antioxidant substances found in comfrey root also mean that it has the potential for anti-cancerous activities. As the largest organ in the body, and the one most exposed to the outside world, our skin can be easily damaged and be exposed to radiation that causes cancer. The antioxidants seek out free radicals, the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism, and eliminate them from the system, preventing them from causing other cells to mutate or die.
Again, it must be stressed that comfrey root should not be consumed, but even inhaling or rubbing it on the chest can work as an expectorant. If you are experiencing clogged sinuses or congestion in your respiratory tracts, this plant can help you cough that out and eliminate it from your system.
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