Uses of Comfrey Cream

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Uses of Comfrey Cream
Comfrey is an herb that has many healing qualities. (Anna Yu/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Herbalists call comfrey a vulnerary, an herb that encourages the healing of external wounds, bruises and sprains. Indeed, it has been used as such for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient Greece. Extraordinary claims have been made of its cell-regenerating, astringent, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Today. comfrey can be found in creams and ointments that can be purchased online and in many stores that sell holistic products.

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Healing Properties

The roots and leaves of comfrey contain allantoin, a compound that promotes new cell growth. Dr. Andrew Weil credits the allantoin in comfrey with being effective in healing "wounds that do not heal," including bedsores, diabetic ulcers, staph infections and even the bites of brown recluse spiders. In addition to the allantoin, the rosmarinic acid and astringent tannins in comfrey give the herb its pain-relieving qualities, and are also helpful in reducing swelling and inflammation.

Uses of Comfrey Cream
The healing qualities in comfrey can be attributed to allantoin, rosmarinic acid, and astringent tannins (comfrey plants image by Paula Gent from Fotolia.com)

Skin Regeneration

Comfrey cream can be used on healing burns to reduce scarring. Because of the tissue-repairing attributes of comfrey, it is also effective in treating devitalised skin that has been weakened from sores that resist even prescribed pharmaceutical treatments.

Uses of Comfrey Cream
Comfrey facilitates the healing of slow-to-heal wounds. (comfrey plants image by Paula Gent from Fotolia.com)

Cosmetic Benefits

Mucilage, a gelatinous substance in comfrey, soothes and softens skin. A cream containing comfrey promotes the growth of new skin cells, facilitates skin regeneration and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Uses of Comfrey Cream
Comfrey in cosmetic skin creams promotes the regeneration of skin cells. (skin care image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com)

Bruises and Sprains

The allantoin and rosemarinic acid reduce pain and swelling, making comfrey cream effective for relieving the discomfort of bruises, sprains, dislocations, bursitis and joint pain. Rubbing the cream on a new injury can also reduce the discolouration of bruising.

Poison Ivy and Insect Bites

Comfrey is effective in relieving the itch and burn of poison ivy and insect bites. This is also due to the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities of allantoin and rosmarinic acid, as well as the astringent tannins.

Uses of Comfrey Cream
Comfrey can help relieve the itching and burning of poison ivy. (poison ivy image by Predrag Marcikic from Fotolia.com)

Haemorrhoids

Comfrey cream applied to haemorrhoids can reduce the swelling, itching and pain associated with haemorrhoids as well as facilitate healing.

Warning

While comfrey is therapeutic when applied externally, it should never be taken internally. Comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, toxic compounds that when ingested, can cause liver failure.

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