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The other day I mistakenly applied concentrated grapefruit seed extract to an irritation on the inside of my mouth. An hour later it became obvious that I had made it worse, not better, and the delicate tissue of the inside of the mouth had become burned. It was hurting badly. I even thought I might not be able to sleep because of the pain. Luckily my wife reminded me of the healing properties of comfrey. She went into the garden, picked some comfrey leaves, took the stems and put them in the blender with a little water to make a thick juice. I put the juice on the delicate tissue, holding it there for a while and spitting out out the comfrey, as it is not recommended for internal use. I repeated this a couple of times, the thin coating that remained was healing, it also protected the tissue. In the following hours the pain slowly disappeared and by bedtime the pain was almost completely gone. To my surprise, after only three days the tissue was completely healed.
Comfrey, (Symphytum officinale) is a remarkable
plant. It is a member of the Borage family. The plant is rough and hairy
all over with big dark green leaves, on stalks which bear small pink or
purple or white flowers. The roots branch out from a sturdy base, they are
fibrous and fleshy, like fingers they reach into the soil, breaking it up
and tilling it for you. They can grow up to a foot long, are an inch or
less in diameter, smooth, blackish outside and white inside. Comfrey is
a strong grower. Cut it down and it will grow up again in no time. Once
you plant it is difficult to ever remove it, as even a small piece of root
will grow into a new plant, and pieces that you do not see always break
off when you try to pull it out.