Comfrey – Safe Travels

comfreyName: Comfrey -Symphytum officinale
Meanings: Safety during travel, Money
Despite two thousand years of use in in bone setting, wound care, stomach ailments and garden fertiliser, Comfrey doesn’t feature in the flower dictionaries to which I have access. The symbolic meanings above seem to have older, more folkloric origins Traditionally known as ‘Knitbone’. It is perhaps classified as a medicinal herb and fails to qualify as a flower you might present as part of a bouquet. The tiny hairs on the stems can be quite irritating and it would be counter productive if your beloved were to to spring a rash. Yet Comfrey flowers are a very pretty shade of purple-mauve and it has to be the Swiss Army Knife of garden plants. Comfrey leaves soaked in water make a fantastically stinky garden tonic and chicken wormer. It is superbly beneficial planted under orchard trees, attracting pollinators such as bumblebees and working in other mysterious ways to make everything else more productive.
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Day 6

2 thoughts on “Comfrey – Safe Travels

  1. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

    • Hi Sabrina and thanks for your kind comment. One thing to note about comfrey is that it can be a bit determined…I was warned that if you put it in then in order to get rid of it you will have to dig up every little piece of root. Personally I haven’t got a problem with that. The most common kind of comfrey for garden use is Russian Comfrey, you’ll probably see that at your garden centre. Happy gardening.

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