How to Easily Make Comfrey Ointment

How to Make Comfrey Ointment
With the Comfrey plants almost reaching tree like proportions, it is well past time for me to be harvesting it. Usually before now I have been harvesting the first cut for making comfrey infusion for the greenhouse but I have been a little lax this year so now I have a huge first harvest instead.

Most of the leaves harvested will be used to make comfrey infusion, which basically involved steeping the leaves in a huge bucket of water to make a horrid smelly liquid which the tomatoes love. But comfrey ointment for this years stock will be made with some of the leaves first.

Comfrey has long been used traditionally as a healing plant, and scientific studies show that the plant contains a small molecule called 'allantion' which repairs cells and decreases inflammation making it excellent for skin wounds.

Making comfrey ointment is really easy and one of the quickest I find to make.

How to Make Comfrey Ointment


How to Make Comfrey Ointment

Ingredients:

Fresh picked comfrey leaves
Either.... Olive oil (or another preferred oil such as almond/sunflower etc) and Beeswax
OR …... Coconut oil
Labelled jars or pots to store

* Roughly chop comfrey leaves and place in a saucepan
* Cover with oil (if you are using coconut oil you may need to melt it first)
* Heat very very gently just so that you are getting the oil not quite hot, you do not want to Fry your comfrey (although I have been know to accidentally do this myself).
* Turn off the heat and allow to comfrey to infuse in the warm oil for around an hour in a warm place.
* Strain your oil through a sieve into a measuring jug squeezing the leaves with the back of a spoon to keep as much of the oil as you can, then allow to stand for another hour in a warm place.
* If you are using coconut you are now finished and can carefully pour your ointment into jars or pots leaving any sediment behind in the jug and store in a cool place.
* If you are using beeswax you need to measure how much oil you have before carefully pouring back into your wiped out comfrey pan leaving the sediment behind in the jug.
* Add beeswax to your pan using roughly 10grams (½ oz) of beeswax for every 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) of oil,  heat gently to melt and mix, then pour into pots or jars.

And that's it, easy done in a morning.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing!
    I have just made a Comfrey salve for the first time and did it in a very similar style to yours, previously my regular salves were Calendula and just once I made an Elderflower cream for my wife imbedded with honeysuckle.

    I shall be returning again and oh
    and my name is Mel too :)

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