Comfrey is a magnificent herb which you can use for hair and skin care. It contains allantoin that repairs wounds and facilitates cell repair. Comfrey softens the skin and rebuilds connective tissue giving you a younger look. Its anti aging benefits make it an important ingredient in commercial anti aging products. Of all the plants containing allantoin, this herb is an important one as it is easily available and quite easy to grow at home. Let us study some ways to use comfrey for hair, acne scars and anti aging. We will also share some easy Comfrey cream and oil recipes you can make at home.
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Benefits of Comfrey
Comfrey is a medicinal herb known by the botanical name Symphytum Officinale. It was used by herbalists in ancient times to heal hurts, bruises, wounds, ulcers, sores etc. A decoction or tea made with its leaves and roots, when applied to cuts and nicks, healed the skin rapidly and when taken internally was even powerful enough to consolidate or knit together ruptures and broken bones.
Here are some medicinal benefits of comfrey.
- You can crush the leaves and roots of the herb and place them on troubled gout. Tea made with its leaves is a wonderful remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. Strong comfrey tea can prevent internal hemorrhage and piles.
- It is especially useful for treating gangrenes and running ulcers (gastric or varicose).
- Anti aging benefits of comfrey are well known. You can add its oil to bath water and also on wrinkles to heal and protect the skin. When used regularly, comfrey face cream recipe can give you a younger look.
- In case of burns and wounds, apply its oil to the injured area to obtain relief. This the main reason why you will find this herb in many lanolin based ointments made especially for healing burns.
- All plants containing allantoin increase rate of cell multiplication and comfrey is no exception. It promotes cell multiplication to reveal softer, younger looking skin.
- Its leaves are rich in vitamin B12, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium and other minerals that are beneficial for the hair and skin.
We will now discuss how to use comfrey for hair and skin care.
How to use comfrey for hair
You can use comfrey leaves or roots for hair care. Their decoction makes a great hair conditioner and prevents hair loss. When used regularly, it adds volume and shine to the hair. It nourishes hair deeply and also fights dandruff.
To use comfrey for hair care, make a tea by boiling the leaves and roots. Allow the leaves/roots to steep in hot water for an hour or overnight. Use the decoction as a final rinse for washing hair. Comfrey tea when used regularly is beneficial in retarding hair loss. It can also make hair darker and is especially beneficial for dry, damaged over-processed hair.
Comfrey oil for wrinkles
As we age, the connective tissue in the skin grows thinner, making the skin loose. This also results in loss of skin elasticity. Regular intake of its tea along with application of comfrey oil for wrinkles can help preserve youthfulness and wrinkles. Here are different ways to use this herb for wrinkle prevention:
- Make an infusion of leaves. Apply it with a sterile cotton all over the face and neck.
- Use the roots to make a decoction. Add it to a facial mask. Use as normal.
- Blend the roots or leaves with some milk and apply all the wrinkles.
You can also use the following recipe for making DIY comfrey oil
Comfrey oil recipe
In a double broiler, cover dried leaves of comfrey with 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil. Cook covered over hot water for 90 minutes. Strain the oil and store it in dark glass bottle. To make comfrey salve, add 1 oz of melted beeswax to 1/3 rd cup of comfrey oil. The above comfrey oil recipe lasts for up to a year in the refrigerator.
Comfrey face cream recipe
- 1 tbsp of infusion of leaves OR 1 tbsp decoction of roots
- 2 tsp each sweet almond oil, distilled water and cod liver oil
- 1 tbsp lanolin
In a double broiler, melt the lanolin and almond oil. Add the water so that the mixture cools down. Mix in cod liver oil and add the comfrey. Apply to the face. Wipe off excess with a sterile cotton wool. This rich comfrey face cream recipe moisturizes the skin, plumps up the volume and boosts collagen and elastin to reduce appearance of wrinkles.
Calendula and Comfrey face cream for dry skin and wrinkles
- 1 tbsp each beeswax and lanolin
- 1/4 tsp Borax powder
- 1 tsp glycerin
- 2 tbsp warm infusion of comfrey leaves (pour boiling water over the leaves and steep for 10 minutes)
- 1 tbsp cocoa butter
- 1 ½ tbsp calendula oil
- 6 drops of essential oil of your choice (Lavender or chamomile etc)
In a double broiler, melt the beeswax. In another bowl, melt the lanolin and cocoa butter and gradually add the beeswax. Warm the calendula oil and glycerin and slowly stir it into the beeswax mixture. Dissolve borax in warm comfrey infusion. Add this mixture to the beeswax. Stir well. Add the essential oil. Spoon into air tight containers. Use the cream to moisturize dry facial skin and chapped hands.
Comfrey for acne scars
Acne generally arises in teenage years. This herb can reduce whiteheads, pustules, and pus filled cysts and also mend scarring. Apply its cream, ointment or oil to the pimples twice a day.
Comfrey is one of the best plants containing allantoin. Use its decoction, ointment, cream or oil on wrinkles, aging skin, acne and scars to restore skin’s health.