June 11, 2014 at 7:47 am #258149
My hubby has been suffering for the last 6 months or so with bursitis in his shoulder. He went for a cortisone shot at one stage last year, it was that bad. The other day it was causing him a lot of pain all day long – it was really tough. I’d used comfrey ointment on it a few times but he didn’t really notice much difference, so I was surprised when I asked if he’d like me to make him up a poultice to wrap on his shoulder that night and he said yes. Just goes to show how bad it was!! Anyways, I blitzed a few leaves and a bit of roots with a couple tablespoons of flour and enough water to make a paste, put a blob flattened out on a small piece of chux cloth, and strapped it on. The next morning he woke up after having a fantastic sleep and had no pain whatsoever. We’ll continue to use a poultice each night for a week or so, but the results were just fantastic. He is a convert to the power of comfrey!!June 11, 2014 at 10:20 am #535625
That’s fantastic mudhen! Vanessa came for a visit a few weeks ago bearing a gift of comfrey ointment. DH used it the first night on his sore shoulder and swore it helped with the pain he’d been having. Since then, he’s also been using it on his sore feet and on his dislocated thumb. He is now a comfrey convert and keeps asking how mine is growing! He is practically bathing in the stuff – so much so that we’ve got old towels on the furniture to stop it rubbing off! I haven’t tried a poultice, but that definitely sounds like it would be worth trying once my plants takes off this spring.June 12, 2014 at 12:25 am #535626
Great to see that DH is still a convert.I have been meaning to make some more, before winter comes and knocks it around too much, as it is my original patch has been eaten by some sort of caterpillers I think, but I should be able to salvage enough from a couple of other patches to make up a batchJune 12, 2014 at 1:41 am #535627
Well I was able to collect about 200g of decent leaves (thats about a small basket full) and have it in the thermomix heating and mixing with some ricebran oil, so hoping it works out and keeps us going through the winter.June 12, 2014 at 3:43 am #535628
Good work Vanessa! My neighbour was also asking about comfrey the other day. I think mine will be in high demand this spring/summer once it takes off!June 12, 2014 at 5:45 am #535629
I was reading that ricebran oil is very high in vitamin E, so penetrates the skin better.I was thinking this might have a couple of advantages, one it should draw the comfrey in deeper, and two it should be absorbed better so not leaving as much as an oily film on the skin.June 30, 2014 at 10:39 am #535630
Hello. Just joined. I have a sad little pot of comfrey I intend to plant in chook area when it’s a bit more advanced. When should it flourish? Don’t want to plant it in ground till it’s big enough to survive chooks. Am happy to here and to chat with you all. MaggieJuly 2, 2014 at 5:19 am #535631
Where are you located Maggiem?
The three of us (Bel, Mudhen, and myself) are in South Australia. My comfrey goes dormant over winter, then come spring it comes back to life, and so long as the water is kept up to it it flourishes over summer. I use it as an indicator plant, as it is quite lush and hardy, but when it starts to wilt it usually means everything else around it needs a water too.July 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm #535632
We are mad users of comfrey too. I make my comfrey cream with coconut oil. Does the bran oil mix set solid Vanessa?
I will have to check out the healing properties of bran oil as it is always good to add to the knowledge bank.
Maggie, I live in Victoria and our comfrey dies back in winter, sometimes right back to bare ground but boy does it leap up again in spring.
I like that idea of a comfrey poultice mudhen, it may be stronger that way. Something to keep in mind for sure.
:(|)July 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm #535633
I live in QLD and Winter is the time when my Comfrey flourishes and it retires beneath the soil in Summer to escape the baking sun and lack of water. I used a comfrey and tumeric poultice (made up in oatmeal porridge) when I broke my foot and it was very soothing, reduced the pain greatly and healed the bone well (thankfully).July 7, 2014 at 6:06 am #535634
Bobbee, I use the recipe from here http://slowlivingessentials.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/comfrey-ointment.htmlWith the addition of beeswax it sets a bit solid, like an ointment
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