(Symphytum officinale)


The comfrey is a fast growing plant that gets long leaves already early in spring. It loves to grow at humid places.

Comfrey is the best herbal remedy against problems with the bones. It can help broken bones to heal.

It is also very good for skin problems.

You can prepare an ointment from the root of the comfrey to apply on sick areas.

Medicinal Uses

  • Blood cleaning
  • Sprains
  • Contusions
  • Analgesic
  • Effusions of blood
  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs
  • Flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Rheumatism
  • Arthrosis
  • Kidney problems
  • Gout knots
  • Digestive complaints
  • Gastritis
  • Diarrhea
  • Too strong menses
  • Wounds
  • Cuts
  • Wounds that heal badly
  • Festering wounds
  • Ulcers
  • lower leg ulcers
  • Neuralgias
  • Phantom pain
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Aching joints
  • Varicose veins
  • Phlebitises


Used Parts:Leaves, Roots
Substances:Alantoin, Alkaloid, Ascorbic acid, Asparagine, Carotene, Consolidine, Tannic essence, Tannic acid, Resin, Silicic acid, Saponins, Mucilage, Zinc, Essential oil
Time to collect:Leaves: April/May, Roots: Late Autumn or early Spring


The part of the comfrey that is mainly used are the roots.

You can prepare a tincture or an ointment and use it externally for problems of the bones, joints or skin.

Another possibility is to rub the fresh root to a mash and put it on the sick area as a poultice.

Internally, drunken as a tea you can use the root of the comfrey against problems of the respiratory system and for cleaning the blood. It also helps for the digestion and the kidneys.

The leaves of the comfrey can be pressed and put on wounds. It also helps to build new skin.

Comfrey in the kitchen

The leaves can be used as vegetables.

It is very tasteful, to dip the leaves in dough and fry it in a pan.


Plant description

The comfrey loves humid ground. Therefore it grows frequently near water.

The perennial root is black at the outside and white internally.

Early in spring the big leaves are growing. They are hairy and long.

The flowers hang in groups towards the earth. The are violett or white.