Comfrey leaf is not for culinary use due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. It is limited to topical uses today but should not be applied to broken or abraded skin. Comfrey leaf is commonly used as a topical anti-inflammatory/cell-proliferant agent, usually prepared as a poultice for bruises, sprains, and fractures. It can also be made into a soothing cream for skeletal muscle pain, and for bee stings. It is useful in treating skin conditions and reducing scar tissue during healing.
Specific: Not for internal use. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin. Do not use when nursing.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Store herbs and spices in tightly capped containers and keep away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Here are the suggested shelf lives of each spice category:
- Ground spices and blends (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 4 to 8 months
- Herbs (basil, oregano, parsley): 1 to 2 years
- Whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks): 4 years
- Seeds: 4 years (except for poppy and sesame seeds, which should be discarded after 2 years)
- Extracts: 4 years (except for vanilla, which will last forever)