Comfrey Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses
Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Comfrey. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Comfrey's magical use, Comfrey physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Comfrey lore and legends, and much more!
Introduction to Comfrey
Comfrey is better known as Symphtum and is a genus of flowering plants in the borage family, Boraginaceae. There are up to 35 different species known by the common name of Comfrey. Some species and hybrids are used in gardening and herbal medicine. They are not to be confused with “wild comfrey” another member of the borage family. They typically have blue or blueish purple flowers.
In folk medicine, names for comfrey include; knitbone, boneset, and the derivation of its Latin name Symphytum from the Greek name Symphis. The technical translation for this being ‘growing together of bones’ and ‘a plant’ referring to its ancient uses. Similarly, the French common name is consoled meaning ‘to weld together.’ Traditions in different cultures and languages suggest a common belief for its usefulness mending bones.
Comfrey contains mixed phtochemicals in varying amounts. These include allantoin, mucilage, saponins, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, and inulin, amongst others. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are responsible for comfreys production of hepatotoxicity. Liver toxicity is associated with consuming comfrey or its extracts. In modern herbalism, comfrey is most commonly used topically.
The United States Food and Drug Administration issued a ban of comfrey in products for internal use in 2001. The warning label for this herb was to be used for external use only. Comfrey is particularly contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation, in infants, and in people with liver, kidney, or vascular diseases. The sacred number of Comfrey is 62.
Comfrey Magical Uses and Purposes
Comfrey can be used for magical purposes to make methodical and well-thought out choices, honoring traditions and rituals, and influencing success.
Be careful not to use comfrey for the purposes of rituals you do not understand or have the purposes of rushing through details with no care to rules or restrictions.
Comfrey is often used in protective magic for travelers to ward against theft. You can do this by placing sachets of comfrey in your luggage or placed in your vehicle. It can also be used in sachets to keep with your lover to keep them faithful while you are gone.
It can also be used for money. Wrap your money in a comfrey leaf several days before going to a casino or poker game and it will ensure that your bets keep coming back to you.
You can use comfrey in baths after doing ritual work to relax and cleanse yourself. This is especially true for after working love spells.
Notes from the Masters
Comfrey is an excellent money herb. I like to sprinkle a bit on my wallet to increase cash flow. It is also a great herb to promote safety while traveling. Keep a piece of dried comfrey root in your luggage or glove box to ensure safety and to prevent your items from getting lost or stolen.
Healing with Comfrey
Comfrey Physical Health Benefits
Wild comfrey contains allantoin which is found in the milk of nursing mothers. This element encourages cell-production and simulates the healing of wounds. It also has a high mucilage content which smooths the skin. This makes comfrey a perfect addition to healing salves and lotions and soothing baths.
Comfrey is great addition for salves for treating burns, acne, brushing, abrasions, and other topical complaints. It can also be used in poultices for breaks and strains and to help reduce swelling from any cause. Boiled roots of comfrey create a sticky paste that dries hard and can be used to set bandages.
Comfrey should not be used for deep puncture wounds as it will cause the surface of the wound to heal much faster than the deeper part of the wound and can cause an abscess. Make sure a wound is properly and thoroughly cleaned before applying comfrey so dirt is not sealed inside.
Taken internally as a tea, the leaves are said to help speed the healing of broken bones and other internal injuries. The root is used for persistent cough as well as hemorrhage and ulcers. Please note: comfrey is known to cause liver damage and is potentially carcinogenic. The toxic components of comfrey are similar to those found in acetaminophen or Tylenol. Keep internal consumption of comfrey to a minimum and do not use for long periods of time. Comfrey should not be used internally or externally for longer than six consecutive weeks and should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.
Spiritual Healing with Comfrey
Comfrey can aid in protection when going on a spiritual journey. It will keep you safe when traveling the astral plane and ensure that you return to yourself untouched by negative influences or harm.
Emotional Healing with Comfrey
Comfrey has sometimes been used by herbalists to assist people in reviewing suppressed memories. Its essence can help heal old emotional wounds and help leave painful memories behind. It can also help those with a history of trauma or abuse or anyone who suffered from an unhappy or traumatic childhood by retrieving old memories to slowly heal and recover from old wounds.
Comfrey for Chakra Healing
Comfrey is associated with the Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra is located at the front of your throat. Many of the other Chakra energies flow through this one. So, it is worth noting that you may experience out-of-balance symptoms of other Chakras along with the Throat Chakra. This is caused by the Throat Chakra blocking the energy flow from the other centers.
When the Throat Chakra is out of balance the symptoms may include sore throats, tight jaws, stiff neck, and headaches. You might find yourself habitually lying, feeling fear and doubt about the intentions of others, or find yourself stammering or at a loss for words. You will likely have feelings of being isolated and misunderstood.
Color Energy of Comfrey
Comfrey flowers are blue and that brings the energy of blue to us in this herb. Blue is the color ray of patience, forgiveness, compassion, sincerity, and trust.
Blue is the color of ice reflecting the slowly lightening winter sky as the deep violets depart and the sun climbs higher every day. As the winter slowly gives way to the budding spring, and life quickens, ready to burst forth, blue marks the beginning of life and emotion.
The blue energy of comfrey is well suited to efforts to bring trust and compassion into a ritual or spell.
Comfrey also blooms in violet shades bring the color energy of spiritual transition and attainment.
Angels Associated with Comfrey
Comfrey is associated with three different angels, Ambriel, Phorlach, and Vasiariah.
Ambriel - Master of the 6th Tarot Card “The Lovers” associated with Gemini /
Phorlach - Master of the 21st tarot card “The World” /
Vasiariah - Protector and ruler of the dates Aug 29- Sept 2/ Virgo /
With its association withe Phorlach, Master of the "The World" tarot card, you might find the energy of Comfrey to be that of fulfillment and completion.
Comfrey and the Goddess
Comfrey is associated with the Goddesses, Kali and Hecate. Kali - The Hindu goddess of death. She is viewed as an incarnation of the goddess Parvati. She is a goddess of fierce devotion and protection. She is fearless and also terrifying. She keeps us bound to the wheel of birth, death, and rebirth.
Hecate - Hecate is the Greek Goddess of the crossroads. She is associated with magic and mystery. She is the Goddess to call upon when performing magical rites such as purification, protection, and consecration spells.
Comfrey Birth Herb
Comfrey is the birth herb for those born onJanuary 7, January 26, March 7, April 15, May 16, June 17, Aug 29, Oct 26, Nov 30, and Dec 8.
If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to comfrey. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of comfrey will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.
Comfrey I Ching Hexagram
Comfrey is associated with the 62nd IChing Hexagram - Dealing with Tradition
Keywords: Small points, particulars, fussiness, scrupulousness, meticulousness, micromanagement, fidelity
Encourages: Taking a methodical approach, researching and exhibiting a sensitivity to traditions and cultural restrictions, following rules, adhering to a plan, honoring forms and rituals with an eye toward their influence on progress and success
Cautions us against: Micromanaging a situation, blindly adhering to ritual or tradition, honoring a form or ritual without understanding its significance, being sloppy, rushing through a detailed process, ignoring rules and restrictions
Comfrey Astrological Sign
Comfrey is associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius. It is also associated with the 19th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of Steam.
Combining Fire and Water can cause water to transformed to steam significantly releasing significant energy levels. Steam is power, power to work, and power to purify. Steam is water vapor with a very high energy content. It brings the chemical energy of the fire into the air via the transformation of water. Steam is a conduit from the lower energy levels and lower spiritual levels, to those of the higher planes. When the Moon transits the Mansion of Steam is a particularly good time to use Comfrey in your spells and magical works.
Uses of Comfey in Feng Shui
Comfrey is associated with the Earth element of Feng Shui.
Earth energy is symbolized by light brown. Use light brown crystals to enhance any space that is a resting place, where you need to be firmly in control, safe, and protected. Several garnets come in a light brown color. Also several types of agate have beautiful light brown sections.
Earth energy is traditionally associated with the Northeast and Southwest areas of a home or room. These are the Skills and Knowledge area and the Love and Relationship area. Crystals and clusters of light brown crystals or small colored crystals on brown rock or matrix work well.
Uses of Comfrey in Talismans and Amulets
Comfrey is used to make amulets and talismans to deal with animosity, assertiveness, bigotry, commitment, competition, corruption, crisis, cynicism, distress, duty, fidelity, fortitude, honesty, imagination, remove inhibitions, initiative, legal matters, banish lethargy, mature love, mellowness, mortality, motivation, obligations, let go of the past, problems, rigidity, subtlety, willpower, determination , persistence, travel safety, drive action, physical prowess, throat chakra
Using Comfrey in Divination
Burning comfrey in combination with mugwort can aid in divination.
Meditation with Comfrey
Comfrey can be used in meditation to provide a sense of protection and allow your mind to clear more freely once safe from harm.
Lore and Legends of Comfrey
Comfrey is sacred to the Goddess Hecate.
Comfrey is native to Britain and extends throughout most of Europe, Central Asia, and Western Siberia. Wild Comfrey was taken to the US by English immigrants. The name for comfrey is derived from its application to heal and knit bones and skin.
Dioscorides’s “Materia Medica” is the oldest medical text in Europe and mentions comfrey roots for the use in drinks for those suffering from abscesses. It also mentions its use in healing fresh wounds and joining together broken bones.
In the Middle Ages it was used for the treatment of rheumatism and gout. It was said to be so powerful that it could join together pieces of flesh in a pot. Beyond this it was recommended for those suffering from “spitting, pissing blood” and those with “inward wounds and bruises, flux, cuts, ruptures broken bones, knotted breasts, hemorrhoids, inflammation, gout, pained joints, and gangrene.”
by Theresa Peters
Theresa Peters is an (almost) life-long Alaskan. She is a writer and artist for the Crystal Inner Circle and has been studying crystals and their metaphysical and magical properties since she was a teen. Living in Alaska she has grown to appreciate the magical qualities of nature and the way the effect it has on all living things.
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