Comfrey is a herb restricted for internal use in Austrlia, though its other name is Knitbone and it makes it a very valuable herb to use the skin to treat shallow wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones.
Applying it to broken bones and sprains increases would healing time considerably.
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. It is high in Calcium and Vitamin C and simulates healing activity.
The root contains allantoin (a cell proliferant), pyrrolizidine alkaloids (between 10-100 times more than the leaf) such as symphytine, echimidine, helipsupine, viridiflorine, echinatine, amongst others, mucopolysaccharide, carotene, tannins, glycosides, sugars, triterpenoids, rosmarinic acid. It is the pyrrolozadine alakloids conpoment that has the contraversy over its internal use.
It can be used as apoutlice, or an oil can be made by making and infused oil, which can then be applied to the skin.
Comfrey ointments have been used to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis.
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