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The Knit Herb - Sumphytum officinale. 
Tribe Boraginaceae.
Member of the borage and forget-me-not.

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Comfrey was highly valued by the Greeks as an herbal remedy and in medieval times, Confrey was used to mend fractured  bones. Confrey has many benefits, and can treat many ailments both internal and external. Comfrey has been used as an antibacterial and antifungal, to reduce inflammatioin, ease pain, stop swelling, and shrink blood vessels.

Comfrey grows in many areas of the world, from New Foundland to Georgia to Louisiana, and is also found i Europe. It thrives in soft, wet ground and is usually found in meadows or valleys. Comfrey is a big plant and can be up to five feet tall. Its leaves are dark green, long, and oval-shaped, and they grow on the upright, branch at the top of the plant. It blooms from May to September and its flowers are soft and bellshaped, and are either purple or yellow. The root of the plant is dark, almost black, on the outside and pale and fleshy on the inside. The root secretes a thick liquid.

Medical Indications and Benefits

Comfrey is an effective remedy for a variety of conditions. It is a powerful antibacterial, antifugal, and to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Comfrey is an anodyne, meaning that it relieves pain;
itīs an astringents, meaning that it shrinks blood vessels;
it expels mucous;
itīs haemostatic, meaning it can stimulate the clotting of blood;
itīs a proliferant, meaning it stimulates cell growth;
itīs a refrigerant and can be a mild sedative;
and it expedite the healing process.

Comfrey is often used to treat maladies like lung disorders, and it can help break up and build-up in the throat. Comfrey is a laxative. It contains a substance which will relieve diarrhea and assist food digestion. These properties make Comfrey very valuable to people with bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome. Studies have also found that Comfrey is beneficial in treating ulcers and diabetes. Mucilage, a gum-based product that is produced by Comfrey, keeps the bowel from emptying and represses the amounts of glucose and insulin that peak after meals. It also helps eliminate cholesterol, and the amount of nutrients in the Comfrey leads to better general health.

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