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
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.