How-To use catskills comfrey
Catskills Comfrey ointments are topical, consisting of coconut and Greek olive oils, beeswax and the infused comfrey, along with additional herbs, as specified. The carrier oils themselves are ideal for your skin. The infused herbs bring their essential, active ingredients to the oils.
Apply topically, as needed. Virtually any kind of skin inflammation or disruption can be affected positively with the addition of comfrey, which is a cell-proliferant. Depending on your presenting conditions, apply the ointment onto the affected area.
Be especially judicious when using the Original or Arnica & Calendula when closing or healing small, open wounds. Make sure the wound is clean and free of bacteria. Apply a small amount directly to the wound’s edges, allowing a band-aid to be applied as a cover. If your wound is initially ‘dirty’, comfrey, although it has anti-bacterial benefits, can close the wound extremely fast, trapping the infection inside. If swelling and tenderness occur in a case like this, break the scab and allow the pus to be removed. Clean and reapply ointment.
We have a small farm in Delaware County NY. I’m outdoors a lot, walking through grass, working near wooden structures and overhangs. In the summer here, I get stung often. The sting and inflammation are immediate. A little dab of the Original ointment reduces the sting to a harmless state, virtually on application. I normally don’t have to apply any additional ointment.
We like to go to Negril, Jamaica in the Winter. Going on one day from the cold snow of NY to the sunshine of Negril, guess who’s a prime candidate for sunburn. I got it bad once on the tops of my feet - and I arrested the worsening burn by applying the Original ointment. After all, a sunburn is just a bunch of dead cells that need replacement. No match for the comfrey.
When I get stressed, tired or weak, I develop a cold sore. It always presents in the same place, just above my lip. And I always know when it’s coming by the soreness which presents in advance. I break the cold sore so it drains and apply the ointment; within a couple of days, the area is closed and mending.
I treat my feet once a day with the comfrey ointment. Just the coconut and Greek olive oils will soften your feet; but the comfrey works to reduce the larger areas around existing callus, reducing the callus to a much less impacted area. This takes place gradually, slowly at first but after about two months, there is an obvious improvement in the areas surrounding the callus.
During the daily foot routine, I spread the ointment between my toes and across my cuticles. This serves to keep potential infections down.
After a full day of farm work and the occasional bruising, I find the ointment will quickly diminish sore muscles and sensitive areas that have been bruised. I use the Original or Chili Pepper ointments in these particular situations.
Small Cut and Wounds
You may see warnings about using comfrey to close wounds. This mostly applies to large, gaping wounds. But for small cuts, abrasions or skin breaks, comfrey is a well-regarded skin ‘closer’. Be very careful - comfrey can effect closure so rapidly, you can be left with bacteria trapped inside the wound.
I once had a knife cut on the back of one knuckle. This is difficult to heal due the constant flexing of the finger. I did a casual cleaning of the wound, applied some comfrey but failed to put a bandage over it. The wound would close but I’d break it by hitting the wound against something hard. Eventually, though, it fully closed but it became sensitive, irritated and infected. I had to break the scab, drain the wound and re-apply with a bandage to protect the wound.
Observing Comfrey in Action: A Personal Account
- by Seth J Hersh, creator of Catskills Comfrey
I use comfrey a lot, several times a day. I’m a so-called heavy user. And for a good reason.
Several years ago (2014), I self-diagnosed myself with Trigger Finger symptoms (stenosing tenosynovitis), had it confirmed by my PC doctor, and when it slightly worsened, went to an ortho-specialist who, essentially said, “You have Trigger Finger. It’s not that bad right now. When it worsens, you can use cortisone injections or have an operation.”.
I went home and began searching for a soaking medium to reduce the locking. This seemed sensible; I often took Epsom salt baths to move minerals through my skin. I tried a concoction of aquarium salts which did nothing.
My wife years ago had suffered minor fractures in her pelvis from a bike fall. It was painful. She had heard about comfrey and we knew a neighbor who had some. She made a poultice of the comfrey leaves, applied it one evening and that night she was able to sleep peacefully for the first time in weeks. We filed the info away as simply good news.
With that in mind, I came across a story that highlighted the benefits of comfrey. I soaked some leaves in hot water, immersed my hand and the next morning I did NOT wake up with crooked, bent and stiff fingers. The benefit was obvious. I easily diminished the severity, duration and frequency of my Trigger Finger attacks significantly - and that is still the case today.