Comfrey ointment

I think everyone who grows comfrey knows about its legendary healing properties. It’s also useful as a dynamic accumulator and compost accelerator. My chooks love it, too.

Years ago I bought some comfrey ointment but it’s well past its use-by date now and I wanted to have a go at making my own. I found this recipe which looked pretty easy and simple.

I used:
300 ml sunflower oil
30 gm beeswax
About 15 large comfrey leaves, cut into 2 cm strips

I decided I wouldn’t heat the oil on the stove, but would infuse the leaves in it at room temperature for couple of weeks. I thought it just possible the heat might change some of its properties, although I did warm it in the dehydrator on those days when I had yoghurt curing in there.

I put the chopped leaves in a bowl and poured on the oil:

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That’s the potato masher on the left. I used it to keep pushing the leaves down:

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Eventually they wilted enough to remain under the oil. I covered the bowl and left it.

I had trouble buying beeswax at first. I finally found a craft shop selling it by the sheet:

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I drained the oil in a sieve and put it in a saucepan. By now it was quite green. I cut the beeswax into small pieces, added it to the oil and gently warmed it on the stove. It didn’t take long to melt into the oil. I sterilised a couple ofย  jars in the oven and poured in the mixture:

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Within an hour it had solidified, at least on the outside:

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It smells a bit like old socks…that typical comfrey smell. Next time I’ll try a few drops of lavender oil in it.

I thought it looked a bit hard, but when I dug my finger into it, it was quite soft:

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I’m storing it in the refrigerator as it doesn’t contain any preservatives. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

3 Responses to “Comfrey ointment”

  1. argylesock Says:

    Do tell us how you get on when you use this ointment.


  2. narf77 Says:

    Excellent share Bev :). Now all I need to do is pilfer some comfrey from somewhere…I don’t have it here (I know…I should be shot! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). We have a bee keeper right behind us (his bees use Serendipity Farm flowers to pay his mortgage ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and we buy our wax in bulk. Not a bad price and great for our wooden floor homemade wood polishes and Steve’s wooden spoon waxes ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Kerrie Says:

    I am looking forward to hearing how this goes. I have comfrey growing but so far only use it for the compost.


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