Having a deep tap root makes Comfrey a little difficult to get established in some soils but once settled it seems to last for years.
Because it contains phosphorus, potassium, calcium and allantoin it is extremely useful as a healing agent speeding up the cell renewal in damaged muscle.
A tea made from the old Comfrey leaves as you clean up around them, is fantastic as a compost accelerator.
As well as seed, we sell root divisions and potted plants on our Nursery site. Comfrey root cuttings, travel well by post and the resulting plant is much much faster than growing from seed.
A poultice of the leaves is also useful in the healing of cuts and bruises and root tincture added to an ointment base has worked well for us in the treatment of arthritic joints.
As the Comfrey's only seed every other year, we will not have more until 2014.
Seedlings and Potted Plants and Dried Herb often are available on our Nursery website
Degree of difficulty in germination.....5/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)
Due to the size of the seeds postage for International (Outside Australia) orders will require an additional post cost of $7.
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Published July 27, 1990
Name of Drug
Symphyti radix; comfrey root.
Composition of Drug
Comfrey, consisting of the fresh or dried root section of Symphytum officinale L. [Fam. Boraginaceae], and effective pharmaceutical preparations thereof.
The drug contains allantoin and muco-polysaccharides. Comfrey also contains various amounts of pyrrolizidine (senecio) alkaloids with 1,2-unsaturated necine ring structure and their N-oxides.
Bruising, pulled muscles and ligaments, sprains.
Note:Application should only occur on intact skin; during pregnancy use only after consulting a physician.
Interaction with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Ointments or other preparations for external use are made up with 5 - 20 percent of the drug and prepared accordingly.
The daily dose should not exceed more than 100 g (mcg) pyrrolizidine alkaloids with 1,2-unsaturated necine structure, including its N-oxides.
Mode of Administration
Crushed root, extracts, the pressed juice of the fresh plant for semi-solid preparations and poultices for external use.
Duration of Treatment
Not longer than 4 - 6 weeks per year.
Furthers the formation of callus