Meet the comfrey plant…

If you’re not already familiar with the comfrey plant, it’s a cell proliferator. Meaning it will grow skin fast over a cut, burn or blister. Warning: don’t put it over an infected wound as it will trap the infection, making it worse.
I first found out about it in the 60s, when a Christian utopian community of bakers (a utopian baking community of Christians), the Shiloh Community, farmed a piece of land in Sherman, NY that had a small bed of comfrey.
They discovered its properties when they plowed through the comfrey bed and wound up with a field of it.
Which is to say — your compost bed will love it!
Once you’ve collected the comfrey leaves, you should begin with washing the leaves. It being a rainy year, the comfrey plant is muddy and its little hairs hold onto the dirt and grime.  This is the fourth or fifth total immersion!
My thinking?–we’re making a healing ointment.  No one wants grit rubbed onto their burn, cut or blister…right?
I’ve cut the tips of the plant with its flowers and tender new leaves but I include every leaf on the stems I’ve cut.
After the leaves are completely cleaned of dirt and grime, they must be pulverized. You can use a mortar and pestle, or a blender. I fortunately have this indispensable kitchen tool for processing.
Next, put the leaves in a casserole dish with a lid. Set the oven as low as it will go: 170 degrees in our case.
Cover leaves with a good oil, I use safflower and olive. The plates are on top to keep the leaves pressing into the oil.
I couldn’t find my bit of beeswax so I cut the end off two beeswax candles and placed them in the oil.
Then let this cook down in the oven for several hours.
Finally, I squeeze the infused leaves and oil into a cup measure and then into fancy glass jars.
Keep the ointment in the fridge so oil doesn’t go rancid.
When you need to apply it, just use a Q-tip to apply the comfrey ointment to a cut, burn or blister to grow skin quickly.