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.
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:
That’s the potato masher on the left. I used it to keep pushing the leaves down:
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:
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 of jars in the oven and poured in the mixture:
Within an hour it had solidified, at least on the outside:
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:
I’m storing it in the refrigerator as it doesn’t contain any preservatives. It will be interesting to see how it goes.