"Natural Healing with Herbs for a Healthier You"
THE BENEFITS OF THE USE OF COMFREY
IN HERBAL PREPARATIONS
DOSAGES & APPLICATIONS OF COMFREY
Comfrey can be used in a variety of ways. It can be made into a decoction, fluid extract, infusion, powder, and tincture. The mucilage in comfrey root is best extracted by water. Additionally, oil, such as olive oil, can be used as a means to extract comfrey’s medicinal qualities. This oil can later be used as the base for ointment.
The following chart lists the recommended dosages for comfrey:
Decoction 2 fluid ounces 3 times daily
Fluid extract 1/2-2 teaspoonfuls
Infusion 1 cupful, 3 times daily
Powder2 #00 capsules or 1 teaspoonful
Tincture 1/2-1 teaspoonful (fluid teaspoon)
An infusion of comfrey would be made from the leaves. A decoction would be made from the bark. Both the infusion and the decoction extract the active principles of the herb in water. Both preparations can be used for fomentations, while additionally the infusion generally would also be good for a healing drink or even used as an enema. A decoction can also be the base for ointments, enemas, spirits, etc.
Fluid extracts can be made by soaking comfrey in vodka, apple cider vinegar, or oil, such as olive oil. When oil is used as a solvent, the oil will generally later be used as the base for ointments, salves, or liniments.
Powders are usually put into vegetable-based or gelatin-based capsules for ingestion.
Tinctures are made by soaking herbs in alcohol to extract the medicinal properties. The mixture is then strained and bottled.
by Janet Ollman