Comfrey is a plant that has been renowned for its healing properties for centuries. It has bell-shaped red-violet or yellowish flowers. Comfrey has been renowned for its healing properties for centuries. Comfrey promotes the growth of new skin cells and helps to increase the resilience of sensitive skin. This oil is produced by steeping Comrey in Sunflower oil for a period before removing the plant matter.
Comfrey oil contains tannins, glycosides and is an excellent source of B12, so very appropriate in creams for vegetarians and vegans who are short of this essential vitamin. The roots of leaves of the comfrey plant contain chemical substances called allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation.
The root and leaves of the comfrey plant have been used in traditional medicine in many parts of the world. The plant has been collected and utilised as a conventional treatment for over 2,000 years in Japan. It was initially called 'knitbone' and people used it to treat:
Comfrey is used externally to treat inflammation and stimulate wounds and bone fractures but should not be used on new deep cuts. It is an excellent treatment for round, damaged skin and can help skin regenerate after surgery, acne, psoriasis or eczema. Comfrey is used in creams, lotions and treatments for sports-related injuries helping to assist in healing torn muscles, ligaments, bruises, sprains and strains.
While Comfrey is well-known for its health benefits, it also poses some risks. It contains compounds that can harm your liver. As a result, it should never be ingested.
Do not use Comfrey externally on new puncture wounds or deep cuts because the outer layers of skin will be stimulated by the Comfrey to close and heal the outer layers of skin before there is time to drain and regenerate the deeper tissues.
We advise you to avoid Comfrey if you're:
an older adult
someone with a history of liver disease