Damian has had a really sore back for the last week or so, and after reading the post by Christine on the Slow Living Essentials blog about making up a comfrey salve, and it being great for bones and joints etc, I decided I would use my new found knowledge and make some up. I have been learning quite a bit about herbs in the permaculture course, and in particular about the many benefits of comfrey, as well as learning quite a bit about natural herbal remedies in the skin care course I did last weekend. It was quite simple, I picked quite a few large comfrey leaves while at the farm on the last day of the course yesterday, and put them in a saucepan with 600mls olive oil, and heated gently for a couple of hours until the oil had turned green. I then strained the oil, and squeezed the goodness from the leaves back into the oil, then I added 50 grams beeswax and heated until the beeswax was melted, poured into jars and waited until set. Hopefully it does some good for his back, and if so I will use some on Diesel, as he seems to have quite sore legs as well.
Fantastic, Deb, I'm so happy to hear you tried this! We found that the ointment needed to be applied regularly (hourly for me when I hurt my back), or several times a day if the pain is less severe. You should hopefully see some results in a day or two.. Best of luck with it!ReplyDelete