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Comfrey typically has long, thick, dark roots, and hair-like leaves that grow in an alternating pattern along the stem. They possess small, bell-shaped flowers that are colored in shades of purple, white, or pink and contain small black seeds. The plant usually flowers in June or July and sheds its seeds in August.
Comfrey has a long tradition of use for treating various ailments via both external application and ingestion. Believed to have both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, various parts of the herb have been applied topically in preparations of creams, oils, poultices, or the like to speed healing and to relieve pain and swelling. These blends serve as treatments for joint pains, sprains/distortions, fractures, hematomas, wounds, cuts, hemorrhoids and other conditions including breast tenderness in nursing women.
Information courtesy of Georgetown University Medical Center