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The Wonders of Comfrey

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The Wonders of Comfrey

As I continue my journey deeper into veganic gardening, I am perpetually amazed at the wealth of resources present in our own backyard. It seems that anyone with a proper compost pile, a source of mulch or green manure, and common beneficial “weeds” scattered about has all the resources needed to help their garden thrive.

One of my new favorite herbs for the garden, or “weeds”, depending on your perspective, is comfrey (Symphytum officinale), which has a wealth of uses for both our own health and the health of the garden.

Comfrey’s deep roots work to bring nutrients up from the subsoil. These nutrients are then made available in the abundant number of leaves it produces every year (4-5 lbs of leaves per established plant per year). The leaves are rich in nitrogen and potassium with a decent amount of phosphorus as well, making them a wonderful homegrown fertilizer. Researchers in British Columbia analyzed the NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) ratio of comfrey and discovered that the leaves have a remarkable NPK ratio of 1.80-0.50-5.30.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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5:59AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:58AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

7:26AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

remarkable that the U.S. banned comfrey, due to low potential of liver toxicity ... almost certainly mitigated by using the WHOLE plant, which is how Mother Nature designed it. if the U.S. powers-that-be can turn a condemnatory eye on comfrey, wouldn't you think that Monsanta (shudder) would be under scrutiny? oh, wait. i forgot. we have to bribe our regulatory authorities, and herbalists don't have lobbyists with megabucks. how could i forget that!

12:09AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Super herb.

5:24PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

thanks

4:44PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I am shocked to read that comfrey can be toxic when eaten. I grew up with my mother cooking it and we all ate it. My mother grew up with her mother cooking it too. when we were kids my mother cooked it for us if we had tummy pains. I havent eaten it for years but my mother who is 81 years old eats it often. My daughters inlaws eat it also and when I told my son inlaw that I read that it can be toxic he said his parents have it growing in their garden and they also eat it.

10:55AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Really interesting, thanks for posting

9:00AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

good article! Thanks! - can't wait to have my own garden with Comfrey in it! Will also try to have a lot of stinging Nettles, as they also have great fertilizing properties, as well as pesticidal and even nutritional; having a lot of protein and other good things for us - delicious in soups!

6:01AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

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9:30AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

comfrey is a great plant i give it to my kitty's when they get kitty cold I also give it to sick kittens to get them back on feed it makes them eat. Mother Nature gives us HUMANS all what we need to live a good life we "DO NOT NEED MONSANTO OR DOW AN ALL OF THE MAN MADE DRUGS" if you obey Mother Nature rules you will live a good long happy life. =^..^=

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