Comfrey has been known for many years by organic gardeners, herbalists and holistic therapists for its many benefits. It contains numerous minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals allantoin and tannins which are antioxidants found in the leaves and roots of the plant. These help to form new skin cells by promoting healing of injuries.It contains Allantoin, which is known to help cell regeneration.The leaves also contain rosmarininc acid which helps reduce any inflammation that you may be experiencing.
In medieval times, comfrey plant extract was used to heal fractured bones. Today it is also used for fractures, strains and broken bones. It also known to help with the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Comfrey plant extract is also used to treat many skin conditions including acnedermatitis, psoriasis and sunburn.
Comfrey bone healing properties were discovered in ancient Greek times.
Use it as a natural treatment for broken bones such as ribs that cannot be placed in a cast.
Other important medicinal uses of comfrey include treating osteoarthritis; the Allantoin in Comfrey oil and/or Comfrey balm reduces the irritation in inflamed joints.
Comfrey has been used as a natural treatment for gout from the 17th century and is still prescribed by herbalists today.
Comfrey medicinal creams have been proven in a Russian study in 2001 to have a significant action against fungi such as Erysiphe graminis conidia and Puccinia graminis.
Sprains and bruises
One of the centuries old natural herb remedies is applying a comfrey poultice to a sprain or bruise.
Warm compresses are recommended to draw the pus from boils, adding Comfrey to the compression will help in reducing inflammation; and the tannins in comfrey are astringent and will help dry out the boils.
Another one of comfrey medicinal uses is back pain relief, apply a comfrey poultice to the affected area.
Benefits of comfrey have been researched at the University of Pittsburg medical centre and it was found to be beneficial for the treatment of varicose veins.
Comfrey creams for irritated skin can be used to help reduce healing time of psoriasis patches and reduce frequency of flare-ups.
It is a great natural herb to use for anti-aging treatment.
Cicatrisant Properties: Cicatrisant agents are substances that speed up the eradication or disappearance of scars and other marks from the skin. It also promotes the growth of new tissues in the affected places which replace the dead and discolored tissues and helps achieve a uniform look. This is also useful for post delivery stretch marks for pregnant women, fat cracks, after spots left by pox, and burns.
Vetiver essential oilhas been found to be very good for the skin and is used to treat aging, tired and irritated skin. It regulates the activity of the sebaceous glands and helps to have a clear skin that is neither too oily nor too dry. It increases the production of red blood cells thereby improving circulation and enhancing immunity. It can regenerate the deeper layers of skin and help fight the aging process. It is also effective in the treatment of stretch marks due to pregnancy. Vetiver oil is also used in the making of breast enlargement lotions.
Vulnerary: This property of vetiver essential oil helps heal wounds by promoting the growth of new tissues in wounded places and also by keeping it safe from infections by inhibiting growth of microbes. Finally, it also promotes the accumulation of leucocytes and platelets at that location.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The very soothing and cooling effects of this essential oil calms and pacifies all sorts of inflammation. It is particularly good at providing relief from inflammation in both the circulatory and nervous system. It is also found to be an appropriate treatment for inflammation caused by sun stroke, dehydration and loo, which is the name given to very hot and dry winds prevalent during summers in the dry regions of India and neighboring countries.
Vertiver oil efficiently stops the growth of Staphylococcus Aureus, the bacteria responsible for causing sepsis and eliminates them. It is totally safe for this oil to be applied externally on wounds or taken orally in order to protect wounds as well as internal organs from sepsis.
Sedative: The essential oil of vetiver is a well known sedative. It sedates nervous irritations, afflictions, convulsions and emotional outbursts such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, and nervousness. It even benefits patients that suffer from insomnia.