Comfrey is a herbaceous plant less in the family of Labiatae. It is an herb that comes in spring to dry in winter. The stems are square check, hairy and one to two feet high, the leaves are supported by long tails and are contained ovoid, entire, toothed or not pronounced, the flowers are formed at the apex of the stem and are packed into a kind of spike. Both the leaves and stems are herbaceous flavor and no aroma.
It breeds in wet meadows and generally in areas rich in water, almost the entire peninsula, especially in the north. Copies have also been found in the Pyrenees, at heights over 1,700 m.
It blooms from May and in places high flowering continues throughout the summer. Collection sumidad interested in florida, to be collected from May to September, to then quickly put it to dry in the shade or in drying, not very high temperature.
The composition of comfrey is less well known: they think you have an essence, a resin, some active and bitter tannins. For this classical composition properties are accepted as an astringent, healing and vulnerary. It is a plant that has been used profusely in hemorrhoids rebels, even taken orally in the form of salad.
Formerly, comfrey was less popularly appreciated to heal many diseases, then over time, as it would appear other remedies apart from the use of this and other species. Also, be careful not to confuse this species with the common comfrey, known as Symphytum officinale, which can be used topically but not via internal, as their prolonged use is dangerous by the presence of hepatotoxic alkaloids that can cause liver degeneration. Therefore, we must never forget that you should consult with an expert in the field; in doubt, do not ever proceed on their own.
Internal use. Prepare an infusion at 15 deg. Of flowering tops in 1 / 2 l. Water, divided in 2 doses after 2 meals.
For external use. To wash wounds and injuries can use the previous infusion, at the same concentration. It is important that after use will pull surplus and not be saved for another time, it could upset and harm. In general, the liquid dosage forms should never be stored for long, but they come fully sterilized.
HABITAT: Humid grasslands of northern
PART USED: Sumidad florida
CASTILIAN: Hierba del carpintero
CATALAN: Herba del traidor
GALICIAN: Herba ferrona
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