In researching a natural remedy for burns, I stumbled across an herb called comfrey, which actually ended up having properties that could also soothe arthritis and sore muscles. So it was a win/win! Here’s the thing. I burn myself REGULARLY. Which is really ridiculous, considering I’m a pretty good cook and I do it so often. So yeah, you can imagine how many little burn marks I have all over. Well not only that, but because of ankle and foot surgery, pins and screws, and then another surgery for the hardware removal 10 years later, needless to say I have quite a bit of arthritis in my right ankle and when I workout…it’s not just sore muscles that plague me. It’s that ankle sometimes keeping me up at night! Here’s one of the recipes I keep in my herbal medicine cabinet for literally ALL those issues. It’s also great for scrapes and cuts, but just don’t put it in deep wounds because it’s skin binding properties may lock in infection. (no bueno)
More about comfrey itself:
Comfrey is an amazing herb, it contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that speeds wound healing, stimulates the grow of new skin cells, and give the immune system a lift. Comfrey salve should be a mainstay of your home first aid kit!! Use it on cuts, scrapes, rashes, sunburn, and almost any skin irritation. Comfrey salve can also bring comfort to aching arthritic joints, and sore muscles.
Here’s where you can get Comfrey and all the other ingredients listed: Bulk Herb Store
Here’s how you make it:
Comfrey Salve Recipe
- 3/4 cup comfrey infused oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons beeswax
- Lavender essential oil (for antibiotic properties)
To make the comfrey oil infusion:
- Place herbs in crock-pot and cover with olive oil.
- Gently heat the herbs over very low heat (preferably between 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for 1-5 hours until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herb. Some texts recommend heating the oil 48-72 hours at a controlled temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
- Once the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth, and bottle into dry and sterilized amber bottles for storage.
- Store in a dark and cool place. Vitamin E oil may also be added to prolong the shelf life.
To make the salve:
- Combine comfrey and coconut oils.
- Heat the oil and wax together until the wax melts completely.
- Pour into clean, dry jar.
- At the point where the mixture has cooled a little, but not yet set, add 10 drops or so of an antiseptic essential oil such as lavender, thyme or tea tree.
- Allow the salve to cool on the counter or in the refrigerator, then apply!
I hope you guys get as much use out of this herb as I do! It’s WONDERFUL. Let me know in the comments how it works for you and if you have any questions in making it!
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