WRITTEN BY SONIA GUNN Post Grad Cert TCM
Comfrey (part of the borage family) is a versatile plant that can be used for many things including skin irritation, burns, bites and rashes. It was traditionally used to mend broken bones (this knit bone effect works on a cellular level and heals the bodies fascia) it also has wonderful anti inflammatory properties.
I used Comfrey as a child growing up in New Zealand, its one of those special plants that Nana had in her garden. (horses love it) Its soothing and safe to use for dogs (although with dogs external only).
Comfrey is especially good at relieving pain in muscles and joints, has been known to relieve cramp, reduce bruising and varicose veins. It is also one of the only land plants known to derive and store Vitamin B-12 from the soil!
The following recipe is a Comfrey infusion that you can use on your dog to soothe and heal rashes, bites, burns and skin irritations. Bear in mind if your dog has a rash or skin irritation it is likely that their diet has triggered this response. Our diet is responsible for our state of health overall.
You can make this at home with fresh Comfrey.
1 1/2 cups of water
2 cups of freshly chopped Comfrey leaves (large)
Bring to the boil and then simmer gently on the stove for 15-20 minutes,
Strain solution through a sieve
Pour into a large clean jar
To use simply soak a cotton ball in the solution and rub gently over the affected area twice a day.
You should notice an improvement the next day. This solution will keep in the fridge for approximately one week.
There are many uses for Comfrey this is just one to help your Dog stay comfortable