The Simplest Comfrey Poultice for Sprains
After spraining my ankle last week, I decided to try a comfrey poultice. I decided to make a simple poultice without added water or flour and have been pleased with the results. I felt an almost immediate improvement.
It’s hard to do almost anything on crutches, so I didn’t make the poultice until I was cleared to walk with the walking boot alone. Of course, finally being able to do things like wipe the counter, vacuum, and get out to my garden…well, I guess I overdid it. The next morning my ankle was pretty tender. However, after applying this comfrey poultice, the soreness subsided within minutes, and I was able to walk without discomfort for the rest of the day. The next morning my ankle was much better, and as soon as I applied a fresh, frozen comfrey poultice, any remaining soreness was gone.
What is Comfrey?
Comfrey is a perennial plant that has unusually long roots and is able to mine minerals from as deep as twenty feet. Its long leaves have been used for centuries to treat sprains, brakes, infections, and boils. Comfrey’s curative properties are due to a substance called allantoin, which aids in growth and longevity of new cells.
- 1 ACE bandage
- 2 Comfrey leaves
- 1 Small rag or towel
- 1 Meat tenderizer mallet
- 1 Cutting board or mat
- Pick comfrey leaves and wash.
- Cut leaves into little pieces with scissors or knife
- Make a pile and whack it with the mallet until it coalesces into a moist little lump. Be thorough because any hairs that remain can be irritating.
- Place the lump on the rag or towel .
- At this point you can either freeze it or go straight to step 6. If you are applying to an ankle or any round part of the body, freeze it in a rounded shape, as shown. Any poultices that will not be used right away should be put in a bag after freezing.
- Press onto sprained area.
- Wrap with ACE bandage or saran wrap to keep it in place.
The recipe can be doubled but gets unwieldy in larger batches. The pounding can become quite messy. For a sprain, change poultice twice a day or more often for icing purposes. I hope your healing is swift and painless!
I hope it goes without saying that this is not a substitute for medical attention, but I found it to be a very useful addition. Always seek medical attention as needed. Also, comfrey can be toxic, so do not ingest or use internally, and don’t use it for more than ten days at a time or twenty days a year or if liver damage is present.