Comfrey Leaf Herb Packs Outstanding Uses

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

How can such a beautiful plant pack powerful health benefits? Isn’t it just supposed to sit there and look pretty?Whoever heard of a comfrey leaf herb anyway?It is not a well-known herb plant. In its own special way it may be making a big splash in the health world. Let’s look a little further into  comfrey herb plant.

Where did Comfrey come from

Comfrey is the common common plant name for plants in the genus Symphytum. The comfrey species is vital in organic gardening and it is used as a fertilizer as a herbal medicine. The most common breed used is the Russian comfrey Symphytum × uplandicum which is a cross or hybrid of Symphytum officinale (common comfrey) and Symphytum asperum (rough comfrey).

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a perennial herb of the family family Boraginaceae with a black, turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves that bears small bell-shaped flowers of various colors, commonly cream or purplish and they may be striped in color as well. It is native to Europe and it thrives in damp, grassy areas. It likes the cold climate so it grows very well in Ireland and Britain. You will find it on riverbanks in these countries.

The Russian comfrey which was mentioned before grows all over the British Isles. The comfrey is a versatile and very useful. Gardeners and herbalists like this herbal plant for these reasons. Of the special note is the “Bocking 14” cultivar of Russian Comfrey which was a strain developed in the 1950’s. This particular plant was developed by Lawrence D Hills, the founder of the Henry Doubleday Research Association (the organic gardening organisation itself named after the Quaker pioneer who first introduced Russian Comfrey into Britain in the nineteenth century) following trials at Bocking, near Braintree, the original home of the organization. The plant was perfected and bred to today’s version.

Preparation of the comfrey is extensive as the comfrey bed should be weeded thoroughly and dressed with manure if this can be done. The offsets should be planted 0.6–1 m (2 ft 0 in–3 ft 3 in) apart with the growing points just below the surface. The root segments should be inserted into the dirt about about 5 cm (2.0 in) deep. Keep the bed well-watered until the young plants are firmly rooted in the soil. Don’t harvest the plants the first season this will destroy them. Any flowering buds should be removed or they could kill the plants.

These plants grow very fast which will produce enormous amounts of leaves but they should be mulched with animal manure and the plant is a big absorber of nitrogen. So, dumping lawn clippings on the plants would be beneficial because lawn clippings are rich in nitrogen. They are ready for clipping when they reach 24 inches high. This is usually happens in mid-spring and the plant may be harvested 4 or 5 times a year. The plant will regrow to full stature about 5 weeks later.

Uses of Comfrey Herbal Plant

So it is said that comfrey is a miracalous herb because it has so many health benefits to offer. Comfrey is a medicinal herb and a nutritious well. It contains vitamins, minerals, and countless phytochemicals, which are very powerful antioxidants. The roots and leaves of comfrey contains allantoin and tannin that promotes new cell generation. It also contains rosmarinic acid which helps in the reduction of phytochemicals.

Skin Health

Slap it on

Like millions of other herbs comfrey is effective for moisturizing skin especially if the skin is red, itchy and dry. Sensitive skin will benefit from its moisturizing properties as well.

Skin Cleanser

The comfrey herb plant has powerful astringent properties that will cleanse the skin effectively. Penetrating deep into the pores of skin to cleanse very efficiently.

Blemish Blaster

Comfrey contains a notable amount of allantoin which may clear the blemishes away and heal just about any type of skin disease and remove dark spots from skin.

Skin Sweetener

If you have  burn scars then this herbal plant may be able to help. It is said to heal scars from burns and may smooth out rough spots in the skin due to its potent moisturizing properties.

Skin Disease Disintegrator

Comfrey herb may heal such skin diseases as psoriasis (a skin disease marked by red, itchy, scaly patches.) and eczema (a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis) but more typically having no obvious external cause.) which can leave the skin raw, red, bleeding, and definitely painful.

Hair Health

Hair Health

It is said that when your hair is shiny and lustrous it will only enhance your beauty. If you have tried a lot of hair products and they have not worked. You may try going green and try some of those types of hair products. They will have a lot of natural ingredients in their mixtures.

Hair Loser   

Thinning hair and hair loss seem to be a widespread problems among the world’s population today. Did you know that comfrey leaf herb can help with thinning hair. Comfrey may reverse hair loss naturally but how this works was not stated. But it may be able to help hair to regrow as well. There are no studies to confirm these health benefits though.

Hair Dyeing Herb

This is something to take note of and that is this heb may be used in hair dying. So, chemical hair dying is supposed to be bad for your hair because it will damage it in the long run. Is the damage irreversible? Instead of using artificial dyes it is advised that you use natural dyes with comfrey. Comfrey is a healing herb so it will heal your hair because it contains many nutrients. It is proven to cure dandruff. No studies mentioned to support these claims.

Sheen on the Hair

If you use comfrey with other natural ingredients as a topical tonic it can benefit your hair. It is supposed to restore sheen and volume to your hair. Making it lustrous and shiny and you will be the envy of all your friends.

Hair Conditioner

Comfrey may nourish and condition your hair. It would be safe for your hair because it would contain all ingredients.

Health Heroes

Good health is very important to to maintain and comfrey is a well-known medicinal herb plant. It possesses a lot of healthy benefits. Its inherent properties can cover various health issues.

Stop Bruises and Sprains

Stop Bruises and Sprains

It is said that applying comfrey to sprains and bruises will reduce the pain. It acts like a natural ice pack but whether it reduces swelling is not known. There is no clinical support that comfrey will reduce the pain caused by sprains and bruises. The properties within comfrey that are supposed to reduce the pain were not discussed. The process of how it works within the body to reduce the pain was not touched on either.

Skin Ulcers   

Skin ulcers are sores in the skin causing holes in the skin. In some cases the epidermis can completely disintegrate. Comfrey is supposed to heal skin ulcers. How the herb plant does this is not known. It is not a proven fact that a comfrey herb plant can even heal skin ulcers especially ulcers caused by cancer.  

Wound Warriors

Comfrey leaves can be used applied as a paste on open wounds. The juice from the leaves can also be dabbed on open wounds. Comfrey leaves have been said to heal diabetic wounds. Applying comfrey paste or juice to open wounds may alleviate infections in the affected area. The leaves act as a natural disinfectant.

Broken Bones Have Support

It is said to cure broken bones. There was certainly no basis given for how comfrey can help heal broken bones. No properties contained in the plant were mentioned that could assist in broken bones. There is no clinical support for this claim and it really seems unreasonable that comfrey herb leaves can help in curing broken bones.


Comfrey is said to be able to help in treating heavy menstrual periods. But how does it help in menstrual periods. The properties were not defined that could help with this unpleasant condition. Neither was the process discussed as to how the comfrey leaves would be able to treat the menstrual cycles.

Pain Reducer  

It is also said to reduce joint pain, chest pain, and pain and swelling caused by the inflammation which can be very painful.

Cough Stopper

This comfrey herb plant is said to cure cough

This comfrey herb plant is said to cure cough, sore throat, and gum diseases. It heals diarrhea and is said to help cure cancer also. But the only negative thing is that how these health benefits are achieved are not discussed. What properties do waht for which conditions is not known. Curing cancer is not feasible because there is no known permanent cure for cancer. There is extensive research being conducted to find a cure for cancer. Certainly comfrey herbal leaves cannot cure cancer. It has never been discussed as a known cure for cancer.

Inflammation and Pain Reliever

Comfrey herb leaves are known to heal fractures this is recorded what it was used for in the ancient Roman and Greek cultures. Comfrey herb leaves have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain quicker. It also helps cure rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Soother of Throat Pain   

Use of comfrey leaves in gargling and mouthwashes is pretty widespread to treat ulcers it is said. It soothes mucus membranes in the body that is supposed to clear coughs and relieve pain caused by irritation sore throats. This is suggested to be an effective herb to cure most respiratory problems and diseases.

Digestion Reliever

Now it is said that herbal tea made from comfrey herb leaves activates digestive juices in the stomach. This is supposed to quicken the digestion of food which will prevent heartburn, acidity, and other such problems. The soothing effect it has on the stomach should relieve many digestive problems.

Diaper Rash Reliever

Diaper Rash Reliever

This is a new health benefit that a herb leaves can help relieve diaper rash. How can comfrey herb leaves relieve painful diaper rash? This is done by ointments made of comfrey leaves which are able to relieve baby’s painful diaper rash. The ointment is mild and will have a gentle effect on the baby’s sensitive skin. But make sure the ointment reacts well with the baby’s skin. If not you may make the diaper rash much worse aggravating the baby’s already painful diaper rash. This health benefit certainly make sense.

Ornamental Showcase

This is not a health benefit by any stretch but comfrey plants can be grown all year round and will make nice ornamental plants within the home. It has sizable green leaves and can be grown in varied conditions.

Liquid Fertilizer

Comfrey leaves will enrich any compost and make it much more effective. Piles of comfrey leaves are dried with heavy water buckets set on top of them. This makes a very efficient liquid fertilizer. The comfrey leaves have a terrible smell but they very effective in the preparation of manure and they add extensive fertility to the soil.

Comfrey Salve Recipe

Important Herbs in this Comfrey Salve Recipe

  • Echinacea both in its root (more potent) and leaf form is included to provide natural antibiotic properties.
  • Yarrow flower also helps counter infection, stop pain and encourage rapid healing particularly with sunburn and kitchen burns.
  • Rosemary leaf brew is an effective wash for the skin and wounds of all kinds. It also acts as a natural preservative for the salve.
  • Plantain leaf when included in an ointment helps to counter stings, stop itches, heal wounds, and relieve pain.
  • Calendula flower is included because it is useful on all external skin problems and injuries but especially those that are red, tender, and oozing. This helpful herb will also help to heal burns, bruises, and sprains. Calendula decreases swelling, clears infection, speeds tissue regeneration, and prevents scarring.


  • 3 oz. Comfrey Leaf preferably organic
  • 3 oz. Plaintain Leaf  preferably organic
  • 3 oz. Calendula flower preferably organic
  • 3 oz.  White Yarrow Flower preferably organic
  • 3 oz. Rosemary leaf  preferably organic
  • 3 oz.  Echinacea purpurea root  preferably organic
  • 3 oz.  Echinacea purpurea leaf preferably organic
  • 3 oz.  St. John’s Wort preferably organic
  • 3 oz.  Lavender flower  preferably organic
  • 2 cups  Extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil  Preferably organic
  • 6 oz. beeswax preferably organic


  • Fill non-BPA lid mason jar two-thirds full of the herb mix above in roughly similar amounts. This is about 3 ounces by volume for each herb.
  • Gently liquefy the oil if necessary (coconut oil liquefies at 76 F/24 C)
  • Add the oil until it fills the mason jar. Leave one inch at the top. Screw on the lid tightly.
  • Place an old rag in the bottom of a dutch oven, crockpot, or Vita-Clay (this is what I use) and place mason jar on top. Fill with water until it is filled to one inch below the top of the jar.
  • Keep on low heat (be very careful not to boil the oil as it needs to be hot to infuse the herbs, but never boiling) for 72 hours. As water evaporates, add more water to maintain the proper level.  Enjoy … your kitchen will smell lovely as the herbs release their medicinal properties into the oil.
  • After 3 days, the oil will be darkened and ready to use. Strain out the herbs using a cheesecloth or an old white cotton shirt. The comfrey infused oil may now be used as is for a wonderful massage oil.
  • To transform the oil into a salve, you need to add beeswax (get it here). Depending how much oil you have once the herbs are strained out, add 3 ounces/85 grams of grated beeswax (or beeswax pastilles) for every cup of oil. Warm the mixture together in a medium sized pot on low heat until the wax is melted. Stir gently to distribute the wax evenly. Add a drop of Vitamin E oil or wheat germ oil per 1 ounce/28 grams of oil if you desire additional natural preservative effect beyond what the rosemary provides.
  • While the salve is still warm, pour into your containers of choice
  • Let the containers sit until the oil hardens. Screw on the lids and be sure to label and date each one.


Comfrey herb leaves are known to heal fractures

We have shared some of the benefits of comfrey leaf herb provides for better health. One use it has is for hair dyeing which is an unusual benefit especially for a herb plant. It was noted that this herbal plant is used in diaper rash ointments to soothe the discomfort babies suffer from that type of skin rash. One benefit mentioned was it was a cure for cancer but there was no scientific evidence to support this controversial claim. As mentioned above there is currently no known cure for cancer. If comfrey leaf herbs could cure cancer they would be the wonder herb drug of the century. Obviously this is a false health benefit because certainly comfrey herb leaves cannot cure cancer. There are many practical benefits this herbal plant has to offer.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.