His Royal Highness Prince Charles is an avid organic gardener and has written much on the subject. I, being the garden-obsessed/bookworm/royal watcher that I am, have devoured his writings. Amongst all the fabulous garden insight His Highness shares, the use of comfrey as a natural fertilizer on his estates intrigued me the most. I began to research comfrey and it's uses, and to my surprise, I unearthed a wealth of knowledge about it's impressive medicinal and organic abilities. I quickly decided to add some comfrey to my garden.
- It is a natural fertilizer and compost accelerator, and is a great companion plant
- It is an excellent animal fodder
- It enhances overall bodily health
- It promotes healing in joint and bone issues
- It is a remedy for bruising, sprains and muscle tears
- It helps to heal skin irritations like scratches, insect bites, burns, and even psoriasis
You can imagine my excitement upon discovering the impressive resume on this herb. Obtaining a plant, however, was not to be as easy as I had expected. Since it's not a well known herb, it's not readily available at most plant centers. After a year-long quest, I finally chanced upon a specimen at a garden booth at the Baker's Creek Spring Garden Festival in Mansfield, Mo. With thoughts of Prince Charles' elegant royal English estate swirling in my head, I promptly purchased a comfrey start for my fixer-upper Ozarkian homestead. Yes, I realize The Prince and I live very different lives, but just let me dream. Shoot for the stars, I say!
But the garden and the livestock aren't the only ones who can benefit from comfrey. I've been known to indulge in it myself!
Let me explain: The chlorophyll in comfrey has a cell structure that mimics that of human blood cells, which means it is readily absorbed to assist in cell regeneration. Allantion promotes rapid cell growth, and is more commonly found in umbilical cords, where it performs the same function for fetuses. These properties mean that comfrey has the ability to enhance recovery from, and even arm our bodies against outside attack! Plus, it's rumored to promote a more youthful appearance--and at the risk of sounding desperate, I'm all for that. Can I get an amen? Thank you.
*Although comfrey has been used internally for centuries without evidence of human bodily damage, there are advisories against consuming large quantities. I always like to advocate caution when consuming any herb for medicinal purposes, so be sure to do your research!
The balm is a soothing, non-invasive way to treat our aches and pains. It's certainly not intended to substitute for major medical care, but I love having it on hand for those "non-emergency" situations. It's a nice, natural addition to my medicine cabinet, and knowing it's there brings me such comfort.
In fact, I call comfrey the "comforting herb" because...well, it is! And it's just another example of how my garden makes my life so satisfying.
So, if you're in search of some satisfaction, get out there and start growing! On second thought--wait until Spring, otherwise you'll freeze your tail off. And I don't think even comfrey can help you there!