Comfrey – Symphytum officinale

Comfrey - Symphytum officinale

Family: Rubiaceae
Height: 1 – 1.2 metres

Clusters of blue-mauve drooping bell shaped flowers. Long taproots help soil condition by bringing water and minerals to the surface.

Comfrey is a useful plant which aids healing, but must not be fed to excess because of the alkaloids it contains.

Constituents: Mucilage; gum; allantoin; tannins; saponins; pyrrolizidine alkaloids; phenolic acids, including rosmarine, cholergenic and caffeic; choline; resin; volatile oil

Actions: Vulnerary, demulcent, astringent, and expectorant.