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Effects of Comfrey healing ointment


I stumbled onto your website a couple of months ago and read your page on the effects of comfrey healing ointment. My 2 1/2 yr old son has been suffering from eczema since he was 3 months old and over the last year, his hands and feet have been dry, cracking and bleeding. Nothing we've done have helped his skin heal until we tried your comfrey ointment recipe.

We were blown away with the results. We slathered it on like you suggested and wrapped his feet in socks every night for about a week. Amazingly, his feet and hands have healed and they have remained crack free for 3 weeks!!

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about herbal remedies and the advice (especially the personal account and photos) on your website are invaluable. Without it, we would have been none the wiser about these amazing herbs and my son would still be suffering in pain.

May God continue to bless you and your family and all you do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Emmeline G.

The photos below show the results of using an ointment made from comfrey, plantain, and chickweed. I started by simmering comfrey, plantain, and chickweed in olive oil over a very low heat, for the better part of a day. I then thickened the oil with bees wax, and keep an enormous jar of it in the refrigerator. We use it on all manner of cuts, scrapes, and skin ailments.

Comfrey and Plantain both contain a compound called Allantoin, which is a natural cell regenerator. This stuff is amazing. I had a torn Achilles tendon, which the doctors said would have me down for about 6 - 8 weeks. I was up and walking without the aid of a brace or crutches in a week, and I was completely healed in 2- weeks.

I have a problem with dry cracking skin on the soles of my feet. they get so dry, and crack so badly that they begin to bleed. Unfortunately on December 23, 2010, I was trying to remove the dead skin, and made a mess of things. As you can see by the before picture, I had large raw, bleeding areas. I decided to treat it with my healing ointment, and see what happened. After a day and a half, the raw areas had skinned over, and had begun to heal in earnest.

I am sorry about the focus of a couple of the pictures. I should have paid more attention to the photography.

This photo was taken 12/23/2010 at 22:46

You can see, I applied the ointment liberally.

I then covered it with a band-aid.

I changed the band-aid, and re-applied the ointment each morning and evening

This picture was taken 12/25/2010 at 21:23. That is approximately 46- hours of treatment.

This ointment heals wonderfully. I have never used anything remotely like it.  I have a friend who is a Registered Nurse. She has said on more than one occasion how she wishes she could take it to the hospital with her, but that is not allowed. She received a patient from an extended care facility who had horrific bed sores. They would not respond to anything she applied. She was so upset that she could not take use wonderful ointment to ease that poor woman's suffering. The drug manufacturer's have a monopoly that they do not want to lose.

I would highly recommend making it for yourself, and keeping it handy. If your and your family are anything like me and mine, you will turn to it quite often.


Comfrey Ointment Recipe

2 oz fresh Comfrey leaves (or 1 oz dried powdered leaves)

2 oz fresh Plantain leaves (or 1 oz dried powdered leaves)

2 oz fresh Chickweed leaves (or 1 oz dried powdered leaves)

12 oz oil (sweet almond, coconut, olive, or vegetable)

2 tbsp Pure Lanolin

Pure beeswax to thicken to desired consistency.

Finely chop fresh herb, or grind dried herb in a mortar and pestle. Pour oil into a double boiler, or small crock pot. I would not recommend a pan directly over heat, as it would be very easy to burn the oil. Add chopped or powdered herbs to the oil, and simmer on lowest setting for a minimum of 4-6 hours. It is important to try to maintain an oil temperature of about 100 - 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine coffee filter. Retain a small amount of oil in a separate bowl, just in case your finished ointment is too thick. Melt the Lanolin into the main pot of oil. Stir until completely dissolved. Slowly add grated beeswax a little at a time to the main pot of oil, until the desired consistency is reached. I usually stir in 1 oz of wax until dissolved, then touch the back of a spoon into the oil, and let the spoon cool. I then check the consistency of the ointment, if it is too thin, add more wax, if too thick, add a little of the oil you retained in the beginning.

Pour the ointment into jars or tins, and store in the refrigerator until needed. As the ointment thickens, stir with a chopstick to ensure nothing settled out of the ointment. While this does not make for a very nice looking presentation, it ensures everything is properly suspended throughout the ointment. If you need a more uniform surface, you can gently heat the surface with a small torch to melt to a flat level surface. This ointment works great on blisters, cuts, scrapes, or just about any skin ailments. You can make a plantain ointment using 2 oz of plantain, and 1 cup of oil. Follow the same procedure, and thicken with beeswax. This is the best remedy I have yet to find for insect bites or stings.

Passive oil infusion method: Place herbs in a mason jar, and cover with oil. Cover the jar, and leave in a sunny location for two weeks. After the two weeks, follow the steps above to strain and thicken the ointment.

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