Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.)

Updated: Sep 27, 2018


Comfrey is a perennial herb/shrub with large hairy leaves that produce small bell-shaped cream or purplish flowers. It is native to Europe, but is also found in parts of Asia and North America. It freely grows wild in damp grassy spaces on river banks and ditches. It can also be grown in your own garden bed with minimal effort.

The root and leaves of the comfrey plant have been traditionally used in medicine for over 2,000 years and is sometimes called Knitbone, Boneset and Bruisewort.



Comfrey is a great plant to use in salves, creams and ointments. It is used to treat muscle strains and sprains, bruises, burns, joint inflammation and aches, gout, arthritis and encourages healing of ulcers on legs. Some clinical research supports the claim that comfrey has wound-healing powers and can help treat osteoarthritis, as well as some injuries.

The cream, ointment and salve can be purchased at health or alternative medicine stores or can be prepared at home. The suggested application is three times a day or more if bruising is painful.

WARNING: DO NOT INGEST. THIS HERB MAY CAUSE LIVER DAMAGE IF TAKEN BY MOUTH.


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your doctor before using herbal tinctures/extracts/teas and do not us in place of prescribed medicines without first consulting your physician.

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