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Comfrey poultice for sprains, cuts and bruises

Unfortunately, I had to make another poultice recently due to a twisted ankle. Once again, the magic of comfrey restored my ankle to a condition that allowed me to walk and even work out within a few days. (I say once again as it helped with a pulled muscle last year).

Comfrey's success as a healing agent is due to allantoin-a substance that speeds the production of new cells and facilitates healing. I was very lucky perhaps and I urge you to seek medical advice rather than just rely on my poultice recipe since all bodies and injuries are different. I followed the R-I-C-E procedure for the first two rounds,and then prepared the paste for the poultice, which I applied and left on overnight.

You will need:

  • ½ cup of dried Comfrey root
  • Boiled water to cover comfrey
  • Gauze
  • Bandage


  1. Cover the Comfrey with the previously boiled water. The water should be just off the boil point- wait approximately 3 minutes after boiling.
  2. Let the Comfrey steep for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Place the entire mixture into a blender
  4. Grind or blend away at the Comfrey and water until a paste is formed.
  5. Spread the paste thickly onto the gauze. For open wounds: such as a bite or gash, place a fresh gauze pad between the wound and the poultice paste so as not to introduce debris into the wound.
  6. For a scrape or scratch, direct introduction of the Comfrey should be fine.)
  7. Wrap with the bandaging material securely around the gauze pad.
  8. Secure with a safety pin or other sturdy fastening, and leave in place until the poultice has dried out, or overnight.