Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale)
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a perennial herb of the family Boraginaceae with a black, turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves that bears small bell-shaped flowers of various colours, typically cream or purplish, which may be striped. It is native to Europe, growing in damp, grassy places, and is locally frequent throughout Ireland and Britain.
Its traditional names of knitbone, boneset and the derivation of its Latin name Symphytum (from the Greek symphis, meaning growing together of bones, and phyton, a plant), speak to its long and widespread usage as a therapeutic herb. One of the most common modern-day uses of Comfrey extract is as a skin treatment. The plant contains the small organic molecule allantoin, which is thought to stimulate cell growth and repair while simultaneously depressing inflammation. The allantoin contained in the plant is thought to help replace and thus repair cells in the body through its proliferant properties. Comfrey was used in an attempt to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from bronchial problems, broken bones, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe burns, acne and other skin conditions.
Purified allantoin, which comfrey contains in considerable quantities is said to help ‘knit’ cells back together after a laceration or abrasion. Comfrey recommended for external use only because it contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, chemicals which, in large amounts, can damage the liver. These chemicals are higher in the roots and young leaves, and lowest in mature leaves.
We use it in: nourishing body moisturizer