• Comfrey

Symphytum x uplandicum A staple permaculture and apothecary plant that feeds the soil as well as healing skin afflictions of many types. Use comfrey as a healing poultice for insect bites, wounds, sprains, swellings, and rashes. It was used since at least 400 BC by Romans and Greeks to stop heavy bleeding and heal wounds and broken bones. Comfrey leaves are packed with nutrition that feeds plants as well. Place comfrey leaves in a bucket and let them soak for a month. Then pour the contents around your trees or garden beds as a home made fertilizer. Note, this does not smell nice but is great fertilizer, particularly potassium. Use on plants while fruiting or starting to fruit for best results. Comfrey slurry may be helpful for mold on plant leaves. Propagate from root cuttings. Thrives in part or full shade in Florida.

The roots and leaves of the comfrey plant contain chemical substances called allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Per studies, allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation.  Leaves are also full of protein, good for chickens and other grazing animals. Most animals will eat only after leaves are wilted (they are a bit spiny).

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