Thursday, December 10, 2009


Our daughter, Julie has painfully dry and cracked hands in the winter. She has tried nearly every traditional product on the market to no avail. This isn’t surprising since most cosmetics, including lotions, contain harsh and harmful chemicals. In fact, one of their main ingredients is petroleum. Yes, skin requires lubrication. However, engine oil is not the choice for skin! Instead of helping, petroleum clogs the pores and keeps moisture out.

In the process of researching how I might help Julie, I discovered the blessings of comfrey.

Comfrey is a perennial herb with
a black turnip-like root,
large broad hairy leaves
and small white or lightly colored
bell-shaped flowers.

Although comfrey has the potential to cause liver toxicity if taken internally, it posesses effective healing properties when used externally. In fact, comfrey is often referred to as “knitbone” and scientific studies confirm that it can influence the healing of bones.

Comfrey is a cell proliferant and is effective in treating:
• respiratory problems
• sprains
• arthritis
• back pain
• ulcers
• skin conditions, including severe burns.

Loaded with this information, it seemed that comfrey might be the answer for Julie’s hands!

While researching, I discovered that comfrey can be propogated by taking root cuttings. Recalling that my neighbor had comfrey growing in her yard, I asked if I could take some starts. She brought me a spade and her three daughters watched me dig. As I worked to remove the “offsets”, the five year old questioned her older sisters, “Why is Bonnie digging up our weeds!”

With cheers from the girls at my success, I headed home with my new “weed”. I planted a portion away from my garden to give it room to spread and used the rest to make a hand balm following these simple steps from Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi:

• Slice roots into small sections. Place on paper towel to dry.

• Hang stalk with leaves in dry, dark spot with good circulation.

• When stalks are brittle, leaves crumbly and roots dry and hard, coarsley chop in pulsating blender.

• Place 1 oz. of processed herb in glass jar. Add 4 oz. olive oil. With lid in place, aggitate daily for six weeks. Strain.

• Combine:
o 2 oz. comfrey infused olive oil
o 1 oz plus 1 Tbsp. jojoba oil
o 2 oz. plus 1 Tbsp. shea butter
o 1 oz. beeswax

in glass measure and place it in pan of hot water over med.-low heat. Stir frequently until melted.

• Remove from heat.

• Continue stirring 2 minutes to keep ingredients mixed while cooling.

• Pour mixture into wide-mouth jar.

• Add ¾ tsp. lavender. Cap quickly to seal in essential oil

• Allow to sit undisturbed overnight.

The results were beautiful! Although it can be used any time, the greatest reparative action is achieved by applying the balm before bed and wearing 100% cotton white gloves. Irritated skin doesn’t need dyed synthetic fabric against it!

My friend, Ina has similar problems to Julie’s, so I asked if she’d be my guinea pig. With the problems already developing, she was delighted! After three days of use, cracked and painful areas on Ina’s hands were healed! With these results, I quickly filled a lovely blue satin bag with white cotton gloves; a pretty jar filled with comfrey hand balm, along with instructions and sent a package off to Julie. She called today and is also thrilled with the results!


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