Comfrey Uses and History

Comfrey Macerate 2014There are a myriad of Comfrey uses and history, we would like to share some with you here.

In ancient times the herb was called ‘knitbone’,’ all heal’ or ‘woundwort’ and was used topically for healing cuts, bruises, fractures, sprains, injured tendons/ligaments, sores and skin ulcers.

On the skin, comfrey is an emollient, soothing and was used to heal scars and blemishes. It was also said to promote a youthful complexion.
Dioscorides, a greek physician, who wrote ‘Materia Medica’ in 50AD used the herb to heal wounds and broken bones. The Latin name ‘symphytum’ means ‘heal together’

It is now believed that the allatoin (a main component of comfrey) is responsible for the growth and multiplication of skin cells.
The medium we use for maceration is organic sunflower oil, as a rich oil full of vitamins and moisturising.  Our comfrey oil macerate is effective for use in massage and can be easily blended with other carrier oils and essential oils can be added.

We use comfrey oil macerate regularly in our clinical aromatherapy practice,  for clients for which comfrey oil would be effective and approriate for their individual needs.   All our products are only suitable for topical use.

For further information here are three links to research papers on comfrey ointment. (1), (2), (3).

Our own comfrey uses – we  have 6 products which contain our own wildcrafted comfrey from Aberdeenshire, Scotland – the comfrey oil macerated in organic sunflower,comfrey ointment,gardener’s hand balm, herbal foot balm,reflexology balm and Skin SOS Balm.

The comfrey is harvested by hand from deep within the rural countryside here in Aberdeenshire. We have permissions to access a private piece of controlled land for the harvest.  It is free from artificial fertilizers, pesticides and the comfrey grows completely naturally in its own environment.  The harvest took place this year in May and June 2016 and we choose the optimum conditions for harvesting the plant as early in the season as we can (finding consecutive dry days can be challenging!).  The harvest is fully sustainable and damages no part of the land.

Comfrey Ointment – the wildcrafted comfrey is harvested by us in Aberdeenshire and macerated in organic sunflower oil to create a wonderfully rich and powerful oil. This oil is lovingly combined with other organically grown ingredients to make what we believe is a truly premium product

Gardeners Hand Balm – Great repair and deep moisturising for cut, grazed, dry or rough hands.

Herbal Foot Balm – Excellent regeneration and deep nourishment for overworked and/or damaged feet at the end of the day.

Reflexology Balm – Tested and used by reflexologists.  This product was made by request and has been so popular.  Many reflexologists also use the herbal foot balm too.

Skin SOS Balm – The Skin SOS Balm was developed following many requests from customers for a product that would specifically help with scars, and skin issues.  It contains a rich blend of powerful organic carrier oils and essential oils, which can be helpful on scars, also on psoriasis and eczema-prone skin.  After much testing it was found also to be helpful for use on new tattoos and after tattoo removal.  Protective, calming and regenerating.

Look out for more comfrey uses and history in future  blog posts

All our organic products are handcrafted by our highly qualified aromatherapist (BSc in Complementary Therapies (Aromatherapy), Member of the International Federation of Professsional Aromatherapists)

Comfrey Plants Survive The Aberdeenshire Flooding

The end of December and start of January heralded some of the worst flooding in living memory in Aberdeenshire.  Where we are living and working on the river Dee flooded causing great devastation along its entire length.  In some cases local people have lost all their possessions and are unable to return to their homes for many monComfrey Plants on River Deeths, for some perhaps never.

Farmers lost animals, and fields which were simply washed away  Everyone was taken completely by surprise by the speed of the rising water, as floods had never been seen before to this extent.  Wildlife and the environment, business and communities, roads and bridges, cars and transport – nothing was left unaffected.

We went down to the place where we gather the comfrey leaves from their natural environment, on a private piece of ground near the river Dee, to survey the damage.  We use the comfrey leaves that we gather in our cComfrey Plants Survive Aberdeenshire Floodsomfrey oil macerate and in our comfrey ointment and other balms which contain our comfrey.

We knew that the comfrey plants are strong and resilient plants, but were very pleased to see them growing up through the debris that had been left in wake of the river in spate.  Areas where the comfrey plants grow, that normally would be unaffected by usual high river levels, were entirely under water during the flood.

It is a great testament to the wonderful resilience of nature, that the comfrey plants and leaves are looking extremely healthy.  We will be watching them closely over the next three months to see their progress to harvest time in April/May 2016.

If you would like to help the people here after the floods, Aboyne and Upper Deeside Rotary Club is collecting through crowdfunding at the Ballater and Deeside Flood Relief Fund.

 

Comfrey Harvest 2015 Now Complete

Bank of comfrey plants May 15

Comfrey plants on bank in sunshine

close up comfrey flower

Flower of comfrey plant

After a good season with fairly long spells of dry  weather (although not too warm here), we have now finished the comfrey harvest 2015.  The comfrey plants are fine this year and because of the cooler weather, it makes harvesting easier as the plants in the sun are ready first.. We then progress to the plants that are in more sheltered areas, as they are ready later.   The pictures are taken after the harvest, and as you can see we make no visual or environmental damage to this area of private ground in a wonderfully rural setting in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 

(more…)

Comfrey Harvest 2014 – an Introduction by Organica J

At the start of the comfrey harvest 2014, we shot a little video to show you how untouched and rural the area in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is where we harvest the comfrey leaves each year to make our comfrey oil macerate.  We then use the comfrey oil as a main ingredient in our comfrey ointment, gardener’s hand balm, herbal foot balm and the reflexology balm along with organic carrier, essential oils and beeswax.

(more…)

New Comfrey Oil Macerate 2014 – ready now

We are delighted to announce that the first batches of the fresh new comfrey oil macerate from the 2014 harvest is readyto buy now.  It has been a fairly quick harvest season this year, and I love the quality of this macerate.  It is so green and full of goodness, which bodes extremely well for all the existing products that we use comfrey in – Comfrey Ointment, Gardener’s Hand Balm, Reflexology Foot Balm and Herbal Foot Balm, PLUS  a new exciting product that I am in the process of developing – more news on that very soon.Comfrey Oil Macerate 2014

(more…)

Comfrey Harvest 2014 Update

Comfrey Plant May 2014

Comfrey plant May 2014

The comfrey harvest is going well this year, we have had a few days with the crop gathering and harvesting the comfrey leaves.  This is done by hand, collecting only the best leaves, harvested at the optimum time – dry and using the younger plants.  This happens in stages, mainly due to the fluctuating weather here (although we can’t complain too much this year!) and also the plants grow in some slightly different places – some are more up to the sun than others, and so they are ready first and the more shaded parts are harvested later
(more…)