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Comfrey and I

As child I heard about the healing powers of Comfrey - I also heard it gave you cancer. So, needless to say, I have never, untill now, used comfrey. When my body acquired a labral tear, out of desperation, pain and bewilderment, I decided, after careful consideration, to call comfrey from its winter sleep.


Date:   8/7/2012 5:56:35 PM   ( 8 y ) ... viewed 2703 times

As child I heard about the healing powers of Comfrey - I also heard it gave you cancer. So, needless to say, I have never, untill now, used comfrey. I did, however, grace it with a prominent spot in my garden (not very clever, as comfrey can sometimes look really dreary, as the leaves die away for winter).

When my body acquired a labral tear, out of desperation, pain and bewilderment, I decided, after careful consideration, to call comfrey from its winter sleep.

The first black roots was dug out and scrubbed white by my better half. He macerated it with the stick blender and was fascinated to find the roots turn to a jello like goo. After we marvelled at the light brown, sticky and wobbly substance, he left it in the slow cooker for a while, with some castor oil and calendula leaves.

I never had any discomfort from the poultices, except once. The reason being, I think, me not 'cooking' the comfrey root properly.

Each time I used the poultice, I left it in place for quite a few hours, with a warm water bottle. This particular instance, after not having cooked the comfrey root, just warming it, I had the poultice in place for maybe 3 - 4 hours, when suddenly I had an intense urge to rid myself of the poultice. I ripped it off and felt much calmer. That evening I almost passed out on my way to the bathroom. During my second attempt to reach the loo, my ears singing like Gregorian monk sopranos on helium, I felt something 'bite' me and found a newly raised whitish itchy bump on my hip. After a few hours the rash had spread to exactly where I had the poultice. The itchy bumps has since healed, but scars are still visible. Now, I chop the root, boil it in water and then macerate it with the stick blender before applying the warm pulp between cloth, to my hip. The comfrey has not bitten me since.

During the first 3 weeks of my labral tear experience, I used arcoxia and tramacet, to control the severe pain, starting with the maximum dose and tapering off each week. I only started using comfrey after stopping all medication, fearing for my liver.

I have not done a poultice for a while now, and today, it being very cold and wet, the level of discomfort was higher than usual (!) and I decided to do a poultice. The comfrey has calmed the pain down, and my leg is much warmer than usual, it being colder than the other one most of the time, after the injury.

I have respect for comfrey, after it bit me, so I am using it with caution and reverence. I believe comfrey is contributing to my body healing the torn cartilage around my hip socket. Thank you Comfrey.


















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