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Comfrey

Symphytum Officinale

A poultice of the crushed leaves accelerates healing of surface wounds and sores and broken bones. Comfrey contains a substance called allantoin used in ointments for psoriasis and other skin problems. Comfrey tea, said to ease bronchial and intestinal disorders, may not be safe when taken over a long period of time.

Do not confuse the plant when not in bloom with foxglove, a deadly poisonous plant. There is evidence that comfrey may cause cancer if taken internally over a long period of time.

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