|Russian Comfrey by en:Sannse|
Anyway my transition towards hippydom is further flourishing because I'm now rubbing strange herbal remedies on myself. I've been given a small tub of comfrey ointment made from the leaves of this plant and petroleum jelly which I'm applying to a poorly shoulder. It seems that living life lugging things around as if I am a packhorse has damaged my rotator cuff, that ring of muscles at the the top of my arm. It gives temporary relief, and who knows? It may be working at a deeper level. For apparently this plant is seen by some, including the person who gave me the homemade present, as a first aid kit in its own right. 'Allegedly' (and I'm using this word to avoid being sued) it can heal bronchial problems, broken bones, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe burns, acne and other skin conditions. It's alternative name 'knitbone' alludes to it's fracture treating powers and of course, any good olde-worlde concoction wouldn't be worth its salt unless it was of some benefit in relieving 'women's problems'.
If I've whetted your appetite to find out more about this cousin of the herb borage, Wiki is as good a place as anywhere to start. And if you fancy having a go at making that ointment - head out towards a local river or ditch for a foraging trip. Then follow this link to find out just what you need to do with all those hairy leaves that you've picked!