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comfrey

(kŭm′frē)
n. pl. com·freys
Any of various hairy perennial Eurasian herbs of the genus Symphytum, especially S. officinale, having variously colored flowers in coiled cymes and long used in herbal medicine.

comfrey

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb, the leaves and roots of which contain allantoin, carotene, essential oil, glycosides, mucilage, resin, saponins, tannins, triterpenoids, vitamin B12 and zinc. Comfrey is a medicinal herb staple, promoting the growth of bone and connective tissue, and breaks down red blood cells (hence its popular name, bruisewort). It is anti-inflammatory, and has been used internally for haemorrhage, diarrhoea, gastric ulcers, colitis, bronchitis, whooping cough, and other respiratory tract infections; it is used topically for burns, bruises, sprains, boils, sore breasts, ulcers, gangrene, haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
 
Toxic effects
Liver tumours may develop in lab rats when exposed to high levels; it is a potential carcinogen.
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Because comfrey grows profusely, it benefits from an application of manure or compost for added nitrogen during the growing season.
The Comfrey Project was set up in 2002 to improve the conditions and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers by offering garden ing activities at allotments in New castle and Gateshead.
The Comfrey Project runs three allotment sites during the summer in Felling, Gateshead, and Fenham and Walker, both Newcastle.
This is especially important when using comfrey, to avoid the healing skin trapping any dirt.
The game will be played at Comfrey in Coulby Newham on Saturday from 2.30pm.
It's wonderful stuff--I have comfrey taller than I am.
? Plant a patch of comfrey in a bright, sunny corner of the kitchen garden.
THE following cases were heard at Cardiff Magistrates' Court: Mark Anthony Lord, 43, of Comfrey Close, Newport, admitted shoplifting.
Plant a comfrey patch to have a ready supply of leaves that can be steeped in water to make a FREE supply of liquid feed in summer.
It's all about organic gardening without chemicals - and his heroes are the humble earthworm which improves the soil, the honey-bee that does the pollinating, that very helpful plant comfrey and the ladybird, the acceptable predator because it works so hard on our behalf.
Soil enriching earthworms, predator ladybirds, pollinating bees and beneficial comfrey plant all play a vital role in the ecological balance of the best gardens.
Comfrey, for example, has anti-inflammatory and cell-regenerating properties that can make an effective poultice for treating bruises and sprains.