Growing Comfrey (and all its benefits)

 

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I have great friends who let me learn from them and dig up their yards.  Sandy let me come over and dig up another comfrey plant because the garden center didn’t have them in yet at the time.  I dug around the base in a wide girth so that the plant didn’t know it was going anywhere.  I plopped the whole mass into a three gallon bucket and off he went.  I had joked with Sandy that I was going to plant it in the community garden.  She questioned my morals.  Comfrey will spread everywhere y’all, and you won’t have friends at the garden if you do that.  It stayed on my balcony and is thriving in its bucket!  I will get it in new cushy digs today so that it can spread out at its leisure and the tap root can get nice and long.  I have a great love affair with comfrey.

There was a study done in the seventies with a very small handful of people who all had liver issues.  The study concluded that comfrey harmed the liver.  Now, anytime I hear “studies prove” I question, who put on the study?  (Big pharma in this case) How many participants? (12)  Why would this plant not be recommended by the FDA? (It kills cancer.  Quick.) hmm.

The variety we use isn’t even the same one that was viewed in the study (still not recommended by the FDA), this is a hybridized version but its benefits are still there and continue to astound me as a plant medicine healer.

#1 It can kill cancer, inside and out.

#2 It can heal up broken bones (even severe) in two weeks.  It is stellar when it comes to healing the skeletal system.  Ligaments, bones, muscles, and tendons respond to the healing properties of comfrey very quickly.

#3 It is a garden hero.  In my permaculture class it was a major highlight in gardens.  The tap root aerates the soil, the large leaves can be cut and placed under large plants to add nutrients to the soil and to smother weeds.  My friend, Lisa, sent me an article on turning the comfrey into liquid fertilizer.

So many amazing uses, one unsuspecting plant.

How to Make a Topical Cancer Oil

Combine in a half pint jar 1 part dried comfrey, 1 part dried red clover to 3 parts olive oil.  Loosely add lid and place in sun for two weeks.  Add a teaspoon of frankincense essential oil.  No need to strain.  Shake well.  Apply to suspicious or known spots twice daily.  This oil can be applied to abrasions, bug bites, sunburn, any skin issue for quick relief!  Label and store in the cupboard.  Stays good for over a year.

(I wrote another article on comfrey three years ago.  Click here to read!)

 

 

The Best Farm Breakfast

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I talk a lot about lessening our use of electronics, heading towards off grid living, getting to the point where if the power went out we wouldn’t notice, there are a few electronics we love and one of them is our Vitamix.  Doug jokes that it has a Volkswagen engine.  It makes it very easy to get lots of fruits and vegetables in one sitting.

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We always feel better when we start drinking our breakfasts.  Green drinks have been written about in books and researched to rid the body of cancer.  Green drinks oxygenate the blood and cancer cannot survive in an oxygenated environment.  I like the Vitamix because juicing wastes a lot of the pulp and uses more vegetables and fruits than necessary.  Throwing everything into the machine breaks down all the produce into a drinkable vitamin.  This drink provides the body’s needs for iron, calcium, magnesium, folate, B vitamins, vitamin C, D, K, and protein.  Add pumpkin or other orange fruit and get vitamin A.  Add a tablespoon of almond butter and get vitamin E.  I don’t think much of vitamins in the store.  They are lab created and the body simply does not recognize them but vitamins in food are readily uploaded into the body.

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The raw fruits and vegetables have all the necessary enzymes for the body to digest easily and the cell walls of the produce are broken down allowing the body to assimilate the nutrients effectively.

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(To serve two) In a powerhouse blender add:

4 cups of greens like dandelion, kale, or chard.

Then add whatever is around the kitchen.  The produce section at the health food store often has bags of produce on discount.  I scored a big bag of bananas that were browning but make perfect smoothies.

Apples from the root cellar.

A chunk of raw pumpkin.

Frozen berries and rhubarb.

Peaches I put up.

Anything works!

Then I add a splash of maple syrup (anti-tumor) and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom…mmm.

Add enough water to achieve desired consistency.

We fill up the Vitamix container and we each get 3-4 cups of smoothie with approximately 5 fruits and vegetables each to start our day.  We get plenty of energy, boost our immunity, and feel really great.

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This may very well be the quintessential farm breakfast!