Comfrey: benefits, properties, remedies and contraindications
The comfrey It is a medicinal plant that belongs to the family of the "Boragináceas" and its scientific name is "Symphytum officinale" The medicinal properties of comfrey are: demulcent, vulnerary, emollient, astringent, expectorant, pectoral and tonic.
The parts that are used of the plant are the leaves, the root and rhizome. While its active ingredients found in this wonderful plant include the following: mucilage, tannins, alkaloids, resins, allantoin, gums and essential oil.
We are before a medicinal plant that is used for its diverse properties to treat and cure different conditions such as gastric ulcers and hiatal hernia.
For your astringent properties It is appropriate to treat cases of hemorrhages, as well as to calm the irritative cough, while acting as an expectorant (formerly it was used for the above conditions, at present its internal consumption is not advisable).
Comfrey is used externally to heal superficial wounds, since it helps to heal.
This medicinal plant can be obtained in herbalists, parapharmacies, natural products stores, online and in different formats such as dry leaves, dried root, in capsules, in tincture for external use, in drinkable drops and in essential oil.
To use the comfrey in internal use it is better to let yourself be guided and consult with the therapeutic professionals since the comfrey consumed internally can be toxic due to its content in toxic alkaloids, so we must do it under prescription or guidance.
Although its properties have been used internally to treat conditions such as gastric ulcers, bronchitis, it is not advisable to use it internally.
The natural comfrey remedies that we provide below are for external use not for ingestion.
How to prepare home remedies with comfrey
Gargles of comfrey for the gums
This gargle remedy will be prepared with 20 grams of dried comfrey leaves and half a liter of mineral water.
We put the water to boil and once it starts to boil add the comfrey. We lower the heat and keep boiling for 20 minutes. We strain the preparation and let it cool. Once cold, we can gargle.
This preparation is also effective for swishing and gargling.
Comfrey compress for bruises and bruises
For this remedy we will first prepare an infusion with 2 tablespoons of dried leaves of comfrey and half a liter of boiling water.
We put the water to boil and once it is boiling add the comfrey. We put out the fire and let it rest for half an hour. We let cool and we strain.
Once cool moisten a compress, gauze or handkerchief and apply it on the affected area.
Infusion of comfrey for sores in the mouth
To prepare this remedy we need 3 teaspoons of dried comfrey plant and a cup of mineral water.
We boil the water and add the teaspoons of comfrey. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. We quench the infusion and let it cool.
Once cold, we can already do the mouthwash for the sores. We can rinse every 3 hours.
Comfrey poultice for boils
We will prepare this remedy with fresh leaves of comfrey.
We need a few fresh leaves of comfrey every time we go to prepare the poultice that we will crush and put on the boil.
We keep about 5 minutes. This poultice of comfrey helps disinfect and reduce inflammation. This remedy we can apply 2 or 3 times a day.
Contraindications of comfrey
As we have said before, comfrey is not advisable to consume or ingest it because its contents in toxic alkaloids can be toxic or harmful.
Therefore it is advisable to be guided by the therapeutic professionals when we go to acquire a format in which this medicinal plant is presented, as well as to follow the indications of the prospects.
Comfrey is contraindicated in the following cases:
- In case of pregnancy.
- During the period of lactation.
- In children.