Comfrey is a Super Plant for a Survivalist Garden
Some survivalist farmers call Comfrey a miracle plant. We’re certain that it should be something you consider learning to plant and grow, and this article will tell you exactly why.
Whether you’re a survivalist looking to find a source of natural medicine when you’re bugging out, or a homesteader.
So, what is comfrey?
Comfrey, like mint, is one of a family of plants. It’s origins are in Europe, where it grows very rapidly.
It has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It used to serve as a great source of medicinal plant across Europe, where people had to make do with what they had. As such, many uses for comfrey are known to work.
Today, we’re told that Comfrey is toxic… despite it being used for thousands of years. The evidence, whilst suggested scientifically quite regularly, is thin. Proving the toxicity of comfrey involved feeding huge doses of the plant to rats – realistically your organs are not going to be impacted upon unless you too consume unrealistic amounts.
Whilst the industrial reason for stating the toxicity could be debated, this isn’t about politics – it’s about how you can use comfrey to help you survive and thrive, and why you’d want to.
Why Would You Want To Use Comfrey?
Comfrey has many uses, and whole books have been written about it.
We’re going to talk about a couple of the key benefits of comfrey:
Comfrey as a Fertilizer.
Comfrey grows quickly, and it grows in places where the soil wouldn’t be considered ideal. It releases nitrogen into the soil at rapid rates. This means if you’re creating a compost heap, you should definitely plant comfrey in it or close to it. Comfrey also enhances the release of other chemicals within the soil; and so minerals such as potassium, calcium and the like will be released into the soil faster and more densely, making the soil perfect as compost for later growing seasons.
Comfrey as a herbal medicine.
Legally, you aren’t supposed to ingest comfrey. (Though we’ve talked about this earlier in the article.) however, there are many other uses for comfrey.
For instance, you can use it to heal:
– Wounds and ulcers.
– Broken bones.
– On sprained muscles.
– On bites, stings and the like.
You can also use the plant to create oils.
How Do You Grow Comfrey?
Wild comfrey will propagate from seed – this is why it’s best used for fertiliser and for helping the ground that you aren’t going to work for a while. It grows quite quickly if you leave it to flower, and can be considered invasive – we say this not because it is like knotweed, but because if you allow it to grow wild, your neighbours might have something to complain about!
All the types of comfrey are very easy to propagate from cuttings. This is the best way to do it and it’s also more controlled than allowing comfrey to propagate from seeds. (There are four types of comfrey- and only wild comfrey propagates well from seed anyway.)