COMFREY Benefits & Information

Warning: Use only for external treatment.


This is another herb that should be used only externally unless under the guidance of a medical herbalist. It is a great healer for fractures, sprains, a bad back and even broken bones! The old name for comfrey is ‘knitbone’, as it was used in the past to aid the healing of broken bones. Comfrey ointment or a poultice can be applied to sprained ankles, swollen knees, broken ribs, the collarbone or fingers (as they cannot be put in plaster). This is a herb that I would choose to apply to so-called ‘mixed wounds’ (bruising and cuts to the skin) instead of arnica, and a herb that ‘takes over’ from arnica to aid recovery from the injury. Comfrey ointment/cream provides the best base for customising your remedy with the addition of different essential oils and tinctures.

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How to apply

The type of external application of comfrey should be dictated by the type of injury: if there is a lot of recent swelling, choose a compress or poultice; if it is a long-term treatment, go for the cream or ointment.

How often

The frequency of application (irrespective of the type) depends on the injury: the more recent the injury, the more often you should apply the treatment (3-5 times a day); for a long-term problem apply the treatment 1-2 times a day.


Comfrey is safe for external use for all age groups, including babies, and for pregnant women.

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