We use ours fresh, makes a wonderful and VERY effective treatment for sore muscles and joints. Also used for helping mend broken bones. Use the leaves as tea and apply as a poultice (warm), or even better, make a poultice out of the root (it will be gelatinous) and apply that externally. Works really, really well.
It clots blood fast- use the leaves as a compress. I've been told that those that used swords had a lot of comfrey plants
As a salve or facial mud we just put ours in the blender with enough pure water to make a strong paste. Fresh is best IMO.
We grow a lot and have outdoor tubs and my favorite way to relax is to put that and some borage in with 6 inches of hot water, pull out the leaves after a while with a strainer and then fill the tub the rest of the way.
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