Comfrey is an old folk remedy for external use and is especially recommended for bruises, bruises and fractures.
The perennial is related to the borage. Due to its black root, it is sometimes called the comfrey. It has many more common names, including donkey ear root, rabbit leaves, honey flower, cake herb and bacon. Comfrey can be found mainly on the edges of roads, stream banks and on wet meadows.
The flowers break up in May to July. They grow in dense double wraps and look like nodding grapes. Their color palette ranges from purple to violet, pink and yellow to pure white. The leaves are similar hairy as borage.
Dried roots are used medicinally, but occasionally also leaves. The roots are collected in spring and autumn. In the spring, they contain larger amounts of the allantoin medicinal product.
One-way effect and side effects
Allantoin is considered the most important ingredient of the leg well. It stimulates cell division and thereby accelerates healing of wounds, injuries and broken bones. Comfrey also relieves the pain of back pain.
On the internal application of comfrey root should be avoided, because the Pyrrolizidinalkaloide are too toxic. The use of open wounds is also discouraged today. Because of the substance, preparations, especially home-made remedies, should not be applied too often externally. Medicines without pyrrolizidine alkaloids are already available in the pharmacy.
In general, comfrey should not be used during pregnancy.
Comfrey decoction relieves strains
The roots are washed, chopped and dried. The leaves can be used fresh or dried.
Boil 100 g of dried comfrey roots with one liter of water, simmer for 10 minutes and then strain. Envelopes soaked with it help with strains, bruises, tendonitis and sprains. The skin should be uninjured.