Making Comfrey Salve

I have had an abundant comfrey harvest.

In my experience, when God delivers an abundance of a specific crop, it’s usually an advance deposit on a need we end up having later.

So I’m taking this wonderful stuff to propagate the roots from cuttings, and making infused oil which will then be made into a nice salve.

Comfrey Infused Oil

  • Start with EVOO- I buy this in bulk specifically for making salves and balms and lotions. It’s my favorite oil base, even when compared to coconut oil for salves because it is smoother and emulsifies better with the beeswax.
  • Add coarsley chopped plant matter to the oil- the more surface area exposed, the faster the infusion process, I just find for my time, it’s much easier to do a coarse chop than to mince it and have to sift out the teeny solids later.
  • Heat on low heat- LOW HEAT is important as you don’t want to rush it and destroy valuable plant components.
  • You’ll know it’s infused when the leaves go from bright green to almost black/crispy. All the goodness cooks out of them and into the oil.
  • If you want a more concentrated infusion, you can strain out the spent leaves and put in another batch of coarsely chopped leaves into the same oil and infuse them as you did the first.

Comfrey Salve

  • Begin with warm infused oil.
  • Add beeswax in a ratio of 1/4c wax for each 1c of infused oil.
  • Melt the wax and stir, then pour into storage tins or jars, and keep in a cool dark place.
  • **hint** you can check the consistency of the salve as you would jam, on a frozen saucer or dish, and then adjust (increase) your wax ratio to your desired consistency. More wax makes for a firmer salve.

I use plantain and now comfrey salve as a base for other ointments. Changing which essential oils you add at the pouring stage can offer added diverse benefits, as can the addition of other skin soothing herbs such as chammomile or calendula.

Vapor rub for coughs and congestion

  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil

Bumps and bruises

  • 15-20 drops lemongrass oil

Bug bite balm

  • 15 drops Neroli oil
  • 15 drops lavender oil

Sunscreen/bug repellant

  • 10 drops peppermint oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 10 drops tea tree (melaleuca) oil
  • 10 drops citronella oil
  • 10 drops red raspberry oil
  • 10 drops carrot oil (increases spf, but makes you smell like a roast)
  • 1/4 c zinc oxide powder
  • Add zinc to melted salve, stir until mixed thoroughly, then add EOs.

Diaper rash balm

  • 1/4c zinc oxide
  • 20 drops lavender or chammomile (German) oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Cuts and scrapes

  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 10 drops frankincense oil

***these recipes are not medically evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or diagnose serious injury or medical issue. When in doubt, always consult your family physician***

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