Comfrey is a shrub that grows in parts of Europe, Asia and North America. It can grow up to 5 feet tall. It produces clusters of purple, blue and white flowers, and it’s famous for its long, slender leaves and black-skinned roots.
The roots and leaves of the comfrey plant have been used in traditional medicine in many parts of the world. In Japan, the plant has been harvested for over 2000 years. It was originally called “knitbone” and people use it to treat:
- muscle sprains
- joint inflammation
Europeans have also used comfrey to treat inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and gout.
The roots and leaves of the comfrey plant contain chemical substances called Allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation. A truly powerful plant.