Comfrey Salve

By | March 17, 2014

Comfrey salve is an inexpensive alternative to pricey first aid products, as Comfrey is an herb that is known to exhibit topical healing properties that has traditionally been used to heal broken bones, burns and other external wounds.

Although herbal application of comfrey has been limited owing to its potential hepatotoxicity, it still finds usage in a few skin-care products. Diluted herbal extracts and teas are sometimes used in Ayurvedic preparations to treat chronic ulcers; however, oral consumption of comfrey is not recommended.

Make Comfrey Herbal Salve At Home

Comfrey makes a great topical remedy for skin problems., and best of all it can be prepared at home. Home-made salves are great gift ideas too.

Follow this quick and easy recipe to make your own salve.

You Will Need:

Comfrey Salve
  • Olive Oil – 2 cups of good-quality olive oil
  • Comfrey Leaves – 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce of fresh leaves; halve the measure if dried leaves are used
  • Lavender Flowers – 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce of fresh leaves; halve the measure if dried leaves are used
  • Calendula Flowers – 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce of fresh leaves; halve the measure if dried leaves are used
  • Beeswax – 1/2 cup
  • Double boiler
  • Strainers
  • Jars or tins to store prepared salve

Method:

  1. Use the double boiler to gently warm the olive oil along with the herbs for about half-an-hour, stirring at regular intervals. The mixture tends to bubble around the edges, but ensure the bubbles do not spread throughout.
  2. Remove the mixture from the stove and strain it using a medium-sized strainer.
  3. It is the comfrey-infused oil that will form the base of the salve; the herbs in the strainer can be discarded.
  4. Then melt the beeswax on the double boiler and add this to the strained oil. Stir it in.
  5. Pour the salve preparation into appropriate storage containers such as glass salve jars or tins.

Be sure to label the jars of Comfrey salve and include the date of preparation.