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how to use fresh comfrey leaves?

Postby Patchouli » Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:02 pm

I usually use dried herbs in my salves so wondering whether its more beneficial to use my fresh comfrey leaves. I have never done so because I read somewhere that fresh can cause mold? Any recipes for using it are welcome. Also, I have an itchy ear (just inside the ear not in the canal) and have been using a strong chickweed tea on cotton at night to stop itch, would comfrey be good for this and if so would I make an infusion with the fresh? So far an ear specialist and a dermatologist have been unable to figure out why I have this incredibly itchy area just inside my ear. Thanks
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Postby karen joy » Mon Oct 06, 2003 9:20 pm

I am not sure of the answers, but have some thoughts, Patchouli!

I would lean towards making a comfrey oil from the root, but if I only had the leaf, I would think fresh leaf to be best. I ten dot experiment when ahving questions like yours. Do an oil of eahc if you can and see what YOU like best.

I was told by a chiropractor I worked for once that an itch right inside one ear that seems persistent comes from a vertabrae out of alignment on that side of the neck[:)] dunno?

When I make comfrey leaf infusions, I find it both soothing and drying at the same time in my mouth, so maybe it would be a little drying in your ear? Though it could be healing if it is a patch of dry skin.

I don't know if I offered any thoughts that helped[:I], but didn't want to leave you hanging here without at least being heard!![:D]
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Postby LadyB » Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:53 pm

For itching, I'd be looking to Plantain myself.
I've always used fresh comfrey leaves for my oils and salves and I've learned to let them 'wilt down' some to be SURE there's no excess moisture still kicking around. But even with that, there is MUCH air-bubble poking and checking for mold necessary. I've lost a couple of batches. When it works, it's VERY healing stuff. Not the top of my list for actual ITCHING though.

For your ear, you could try simply holding a plantain leaf poultice on the itching skin. Bruise, chop or chew the leaves and then apply them. VERY interesting that it might have something to do with a vertebra out of line.....might be interesting to check out. LadyB
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Postby Patchouli » Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:50 am

Thanks for tip re Plantain. How does it compare to Chickweed to help with itching and would dry in a strong tea be ok? This ear thingie has been a real problem, went to two dermatologists and they both exclaimed "eczema" which I have never had in my life. Used every topical natural or otherwise but the itch is maddening, just inside the ear. Then went to ENT and he proclaimed it was a fungal/infection type thing, perhaps caused by wearing little earphones for my walkman.He also got out loads of earwax (probably from the salve I was using [;)])gave me some antibiotic type drops and I thought my troubles were over. But alas the itch came back. Went back to ENT and he gave me some antifungal creme (probably full of poison) but thought I might as well try it for a week. Week isn't up yet but looking for something to use if it is still there. Had been keeping it at bay with strong chickweed tea on a piece of cotton at night. I go to a chiropractor on a regular basis btw so don't think its connected [:X]
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<br />For itching, I'd be looking to Plantain myself.
I've always used fresh comfrey leaves for my oils and salves and I've learned to let them 'wilt down' some to be SURE there's no excess moisture still kicking around. But even with that, there is MUCH air-bubble poking and checking for mold necessary. I've lost a couple of batches. When it works, it's VERY healing stuff. Not the top of my list for actual ITCHING though.

For your ear, you could try simply holding a plantain leaf poultice on the itching skin. Bruise, chop or chew the leaves and then apply them. VERY interesting that it might have something to do with a vertebra out of line.....might be interesting to check out. LadyB
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Postby LadyB » Tue Oct 07, 2003 7:19 pm

While I consider chickweed really specific for eczema, Plaintain is just TOP of my list for any kind of itching. I'm not quite sure if DRIED leaves made into a tea will be AS effective as fresh leaves, but if that's all you've got, it's WORTH a try.

Now, if it's any kind of FUNGUS.....then that's a whole different thing. I would mix GrapeFruitSeed liquid with some water and continue THAT on the ear after you're done with the doc's cream and also, if electronically possible, treat the earphones of your walkman (especially if there is any foam to the earphones). But yeah, a fungus rash can ITCH like all get-out! Sure hope you find a good answer to this, it must be driving you quite mad!!!

feel better, dear!
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Postby Anonymous » Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:08 pm

<font face="Book Antiqua"></font id="Book Antiqua"><font color="purple"></font id="purple">Hello,
This may sound a little weird to you but....have someone blow tobacco smoke in your ear, very slowly and repeatedly. There is a wax type of cone in the shape of a funnel. I can't right off hand remember the name of it but they should have it in any herbal store. Just tell them that you are looking for a Indian cone for ear problems and they should point you in the right direction. Oh, I almost forgot, lean your head over to the side that itches. It's a O.I.T.
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Postby wildflower » Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:49 am

Guardian- I think they are ear cones...

Patchouli- chickweed, comfrey, plantain, even aloe would work to help an itch... (the all have mucilage and are considered demulcents).

My ear gets itchy when my sinuses have problems draining. Perhaps a similar thing is happening to you? If that is the case, a good decongestant will help- thyme is great, so is garlic, onion, sage, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, cayenne pepper (that is all I can think of)

Fresh comfrey is fine to use. Just use it right away.
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