Comfrey (Knit bone) Symphytum officinale
Leaves can be eaten when young, steamed lightly and in salads & fresh stew, soup, syrups. Good for circulation.
Great animal feed fresh or dry.
Hot poultice for bruises, swelling, aches in joints, fractures, inflammation, insect bites, sprains, cuts, boils, ulcers, hemorrhoids.
For fertilizer: put leaves to steep in water for a few days and use for plant fertilizer, the best. Dilute 1 to 3 with water. Or Put leaves in a sack and hang sack in barrel of water to make a great fertilizer tea. Dilute 1 to 10 with water.
Tea or compress with parsley for swollen breasts.
Tea for asthma: 6 leaves in 2 pints boiling water. Let steep 4 hours. Strain. Cover. Take ½ cup a.m., noon and evening for bronchial asthma. Do not use for more than 6 weeks a year.
Mix with mint for nice tea.
Root: Decoction for hemorrhages, lungs, whooping-cough, nasal congestion, intestinal problems, dysentery, stomach ulcers and diarrhea.
Contains allantoin, a known healing agent.
Supplies calcium, potassium, phosphorus, A, C, B 12, Lysine, trace minerals, protein.
Roots mixed with dandelion and chicory roots make a good coffee substitute