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Comfrey salve, step 1

Infusing comfrey oil

I like having comfrey salve on hand for scratches, but I haven't made any since 2012. Why? I made way too much my first time out of the gate! This time, I've resolved to start with no more than a quarter cup of oil, which I hope will last only a year or two instead rather than six.

Step 1: Cut tender young comfrey leaves and pack into a jar. Pour olive oil over top of them and let sit for two to six weeks.

Step 2: Check back in June to see!

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My comfrey had purple flowers. I see yours are white. I will be checking in to see how your salve comes along. I need to get my oil started but being sick this year has put me behind on everything.


Comment by bleueaugust Tue May 29 13:34:54 2018
The white-flowered comfrey is common comfrey --- the species most often used medicinally. Purple-flowered could be Russian comfrey, often used for biomass or animal feed...or a variety of common comfrey. Here's my post with ID tips:
Comment by anna Tue May 29 19:56:58 2018

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