Comfrey The Miracle Herb: I love Comfrey. It helps all manner of conditions such as broken bones, irritable bowel syndrome, is a marvellous herb for skin and hair, and acts as a digestive tonic in mild doses.
Update: I have just visited my sister in Napier, June 2014, and I was delighted to see that she has planted an orchard of about 25 trees. Around the base of each tree she has planted comfrey, as the comfrey helps to draw up minerals from the soil which in turn benefits the fruit trees. Comfrey works symbiotically with the fruit trees.
So it looks like the ban on comfrey has been forgotten in the meantime. Thank God.
Earlier, I wrote: The ban on it should be lifted, as Comfrey is such a valuable household medicine, which is why I am actively promoting Comfrey. There is a danger that Comfrey will become a forgotten herb, because of the powerful drug companies having banned Comfrey. We must not let them have their way and let the herb fall into decline. Their ruling has resulted in Comfrey not being talked about – it is a ‘No No’ because the drug companies decided this is how it should be. Governments have been persuaded by the drug companies to ban or restrict Comfrey, in effect, so that the drug companies may benefit. Why was Comfrey banned? “They” gave the reason that Comfrey may cause cancer. Comfrey was fed to pigs over three months, so the report which I read said, and this resulted in the pigs getting cancer.
I really do not believe that there is any danger of Comfrey causing cancer under normal usage, such as in Comfrey tea. You would have to eat an awful lot of it for it to be a danger. “They” probably fed these pigs nothing else but Comfrey for three months.
Carrots and Vitamin A Poisoning: If you feed any animal a diet of only carrots for three months, these animals would perish. And I know this for a fact, unfortunately, because of my own experience. I once was on a carrot juice diet, and thought that I would feed the carrot pulp to my very greedy rooster, who, of course, dominated the roost, and the food scene.
I thought that the carrot pulp would cut down on the food bill for my rooster. But alas: After he had had about a week on this diet of mainly carrot pulp, he suddenly got ill. The skin on his legs turned yellow. He became paralysed, and the poor creature had to be destroyed. This was a terribly sad lesson for me. I had to learn to be more generous, and not to worry about wastage such as carrot pulp.
Comfrey Is No More Poisonous Than Carrots: Carrots can make you die if you eat enough of them, because of their high Vitamin A content: If you eat only carrots, your skin becomes yellow, and you end up with Vitamin A poisoning. So will green potatoes cause disastrous effects. But governments do not ban carrots, or potatoes because of their POTENTIAL hazard to the health. It is the same with Comfrey – yes, there is a POTENTIAL danger, and you would suffer if you had a steady diet of it, and ate nothing else. But people are no more likely to over-use Comfrey than they are green potatoes, or carrots.
There was never any link with Comfrey and cancer, at least not until the drug companies discovered Comfrey’s miraqcle ingredients, the main one being Allantoin, a cell-proliferant,which they desired for themselves. So the drug companies ban Comfrey, but they do not ban carrots. THEY can use the marvellous ingredients of Comfrey in their drugs and cosmetics, but they deprive us of the natural source, so that they may profit from having hijacked the herb.
There is a danger that people might forget how good a herb Comfrey really was, and is, because of their ban world-wide on the growing of Comfrey, and the sale of the fresh or dried herb.
So – another promotion for Comfrey: Comfrey tea is high in silica which benefits the bones, hair, nails, teeth, the skin, the nervous system, and aids the healing of wounds. It can be used to help chest ailments such as bronchitis. It contains allantoin, which aids healing. Comfrey has iron for the blood, Vitamin B12 for the nerves and the general health, and is a soothing tonic for the digestive system and the nerves.
Here is How To Make Comfrey Tea: Cut up two leaves of Comfrey. Put into a pot and pour over a pint of boiling water. Let the mixture infuse for a couple of minutes, as you would ceylon tea, and then pour. You can use these leaves once more, as long as you use them within two or three hours. After that, they will begin to ferment, which is not good. The comfrey pulp may be put over any skin abrasion to aid healing.