Comfrey might not be a plant you have heard of before, but its benefits are numerous.
Comfrey is native to Europe and Asia, most commonly referred to as Russian Comfrey. Comfrey can be used for medicinal purposes, first being used in 400BC by the Greeks and Romans. Today, it has been used topically to treat muscle sprains, bruises, burns, and joint inflammation.You can find it as an alternative remedy in health stores and pharmacies as ointments, creams, or salves.
In addition to herbal remedies, comfrey is a great fertilizer and biomass. We are currently using it as fertilizer, as it has major plant nutrients (N, P, K). It can be given to plants as a powder, mulch, or steeped. To steep, you will chop leaves up from the plant, place in water, and allow to sit for several weeks. This will produce a thick, dark liquid that we will apply to the roots of our vegetables. Farmers have planted Comfrey to be a source of nutrients for their plants, especially beneficial for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, berries, and fruit trees.
It is important to include that the FDA has determined that Comfrey was not edible.