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The Magic of Comfrey: How to Make a Healing Poultice.
The term, poultice, brings to mind some ancient, medieval practice; a wrinkled old crone in the forest, gathering herbs to create some magical healing substance. A poultice. What, in fact, is a poultice? A quick Wiki search produces the following:
"a soft, moist mass, often heated and medicated, that is spread on cloth over the skin to treat an aching, inflamed or painful part of the body".
Our Comfrey Poultice is magic! The Latin name for Comfrey,conferta, literally means "to grow together" because of its ability to mend broken bones and heal burns and wounds. Comfrey contains allantoin, a substance that actually speeds the production of new cells and encourages healing. Comfrey, also known as 'knitbone' is used to treat all sorts of skin conditions as well. However, our poultice should be used EXTERNALLY to treat swelling and pain. Never use internally!
You will need:
Cut up leaves into 2" sections and place into a food processor. Add water and pulse until the mixture resembles a green paste. Fold in a binding agent (cornmeal) using a ratio or 1 part herb paste to 2 parts cornmeal. Spread the mixture on a cloth, fold over to enclose the entire paste and place on affected area. Cover with a heating pad set on LOW, leave on for 20 minute intervals.