Comfreyâ€™s name is a testament to itâ€™s traditional usage in herbal medicine of mending broken bones. Â Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a combination of con firma, meaning â€œthe bone is made firmâ€, and the word Symphytum is derived from the Greek for â€œto uniteâ€. It is also known as knitbone.
This herb has been used in theÂ herbal healing of broken bones, sprains, fractures, and bruises for thousands of years. It contains allantoin, a key constituent that helps the cells to repair damaged tissue. The rosmarinic and other phenolic acids playÂ a significant role in itâ€™s anti-inflammatory actions.
Comfrey works by encouraging ligaments and bones to actually knit together. It is usuallyÂ applied to the skin as an ointment (salve) or an oil to the skin. Comfrey as a cream tends to be watered down so more is needed to obtain the same healing effect. Check ingredients when purchasing to see what has been added. The ingredients should be minimal and you should be able to pronounce all of the ingredients. Comfrey should be the only or primary herb used.