If you know me at all you know I’m all for home/hand made things. I’m also big on natural remedies. So a homemade natural cream just makes sense for me.
Over the years I’ve been swapping out items in our medicine cabinet for natural alternatives and the biggest staple by far has been this Comfrey Salve (though we just call it comfrey cream as its easier to get your tongue around it).
We first discovered it thanks to friends of ours who made it (they got their recipe from this book, which is amazing by the way). I’ve been making it for our family for years now, and have passed it on to close friends to help with managing everything from nappy rashes, to eczema, to psoriasis, to everyday bumps and bruises.
We personally use it for all sort of things – aches, muscle pain, inflammation, cuts and scrapes. It’s amazing at healing up cuts, and is especially good at relieving knotted muscles in your neck/back. I’ve heard that its meant to do a wonderful job at speeding up the healing of broken bones also, but having no broken bones myself cannot atest to that claim!
I grow our own comfrey both in pots and in the ground. It dies off over the colder months, but grows like a mad thing in summer. If you’re in Australia, you can order seeds from Eden Seeds or buy a seedling from Bunnings which is where we got ours. I’ve tweaked the original recipe over the years to include calendula, and lavender, which you can also get at both these places.
My cream easy to make and lasts for up to 12months. Check the expiration date on your oil though as this can effect how long a shelf life your cream will have. The olive oil I use generally has as 12month life on it. If your cream looses colour, changes smell, or become sticky or waxy, then it’s expired.
Kayla’s Comfrey Cream
– 1.5 cups Organic Olive Oil
– 1 cup dried comfrey leaves OR half a cup of dried comfrey root
– half a cup of dried calendula petals
– optional: half a cup of dried lavender flowers, or 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil.
– 2/3 of a cup of beeswax pellets
Place olive oil, comfrey and calendula petals (and lavender if using) in a slow cooker. Set on “warm” for 12 hrs to infuse ingredients.
(I’m making a triple batch in these photos)
Once cooled, strain the oil into a heat-proof jug.
Add the beeswax pellets and set jug in a pot of hot water and simmer until the beeswax has melted.
Remove from heat. Pour into your jar(s).
If using lavender essential oil, add it in now, giving it a quick stir with a wooden skewer.
Set in a cool place until salve is set. Do not cover until completely cool otherwise moisture from condensation will ruin the salve. Apply sparingly – a little goes a long way!
– Using dried comfrey leave and calendula petals prolongs the life of your salve. Fresh leaves, petals or fresh comfrey root mean a shorter shelf life due to the added moisture in them.
– Comfrey root is more potent than the leaf, hence the need for less. If growing comfrey for the root, I find it easiest to grow it in a big pot all summer, then pull it up and sift throug the pot to find all the roots. Wash them thoroughly in cold water before drying them.
– This cream makes an amazing lip balm, so I like to pour some into empty lip balm tubes and keep them in every hand bag, baby bag and back pocket.
I’d love to hear from you – have you used comfrey before? Homemade rememdies? Tag me on Instagram @blessthisnestblog if you try it!