Tea made from comfrey has many health benefits and it is accepted worldwide as a herbal medicine.
About Comfrey Tea
Native to Europe, Comfrey is a perennial herb, having a root system with broad hairy leaves and multicolor flowers, ranging from pink, light purple, white and cream. The scientific name of comfrey is Symphytum officinale and it is also used in herbal organic gardening and as a fertilizer.
The constituents of comfrey tea are: tannins, rosmarinic acid, allantoin, steroidal saponins, mucilage, inulin, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, gum, carotene, glycosides, sugars, beta-sitosterol, triterpenoids, vitamin b-12, protein, zinc. Many healing effects of comfrey are attributed to allantoin, a compound shown to speed cell production both inside and outside the body.
However, the pyrrolizidine alkaloids are still a subject of many debates because of their toxicity.
How to brew Comfrey Tea
The leaves and roots, dried or fresh, are mainly used in the comfrey tea recipe. If you use dry leaves, add 2 teaspoons of the plant and let is infuse for 5 minutes in a cup of water, or you can simply pour boiling water over it and wait for 10 minutes before drinking. You can also add a sweetener, honey or lemon juice, for a pleasent taste. You can use the plant afterwards as a fertilizer in your garden.
Benefits of Comfrey Tea
Take a glance of the medicinal uses of comfrey tea.
It helps in the treatment of health disorders like sprains, arthritis, gastric ulcers, bronchitis, broken bones, asthma, athlete’s foot etc.
Comfrey tea is very helpful in healing burns, bed sores, insect bites and rashes or in other associated skin conditions due to the allantoin contained, that stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
The tannins contained in the comfrey tea are responsible for bleeding control.
Comfrey tea may sooth the digestive tract, preventing abdominal discomfort and heartburn.
Comfrey tea or comfrey juice provides a good remedy for hemorrhoids, diarrhea, stomach and intestinal disorders.
Comfrey Tea may also be used as an organic fertilizer.
Side effects of Comfrey Tea
The side effects of comfrey tea are mostly associated with pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are considered to be hepatoxic. They may also contribute to hepatic veno-occlusive disease, a condition characterized by a narrowing of blood vessels in your liver – this condition can impair liver function.
Comfrey tea is also not suggested to patients under dietary potassium restrictions. Comfrey tea should not be taken by infants or during pregnancy.
Although there are side effects associated with the consumption of comfrey tea, you can use it with precaution and also, not for a long period of time.