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Comfrey: A Natural Remedy for Dry Brittle Hair

Updated on May 2, 2020
Comfrey plant
Comfrey plant

Native to Europe and western Asia comfrey comprises over 40 recorded species, the most common being Russian comfrey which is a natural occurring hybrid of two species - common comfrey and prickly comfrey.

This beautiful shrub has been cultured since at least 400 BC and was used by ancient romans and Greeks to treat heavy bleeding, respiratory problems and fractured bones where it gained the moniker- knitbone or boneset as it is rich in phytochemicals which easily absorbs into the skin promoting quick healing after injury.

The ancients were able to achieve this by mashing the leaves together to make a poultice to ease pain and to heal injuries from battle.

This versatile shrub is also used to create all sorts of creams, ointments and salves which can be applied to pain riven areas of the body to heal burns and bruises.

Comfrey is a beautiful looking shrub that blooms clusters of blue, purple and white flowers surrounded by long slender leaves and usually produces large amounts of foliage from late spring right through to November. One of the great things about this plant is that it grows quickly after each harvest so you’re never left wanting.

And for gardening enthusiasts, comfrey is excellent for producing mulch a loose covering fertiliser that is applied around plants because it helps soils to retain moisture during the summer months, suppress weeds, deter pests and provides an aesthetically pleasing look to your garden.

Causes of Dry Hair

So, how can comfrey relieve you of your dry brittle hair nightmare, interestingly enough normally we lose around 100 hairs per day but when you start to see what looks like enough hair on your brush to fully furnish a full wig then this would be the time for concern.

Your hair relies upon oils made by the root to keep it moisturised, as you age your hair produces less oils to protect your scalp, resulting in dry itchy flaky scalp leaving white or yellow shavings of dead skin on your shoulders, which can be mortifying especially in social settings.

In healthy hair each strand is protected by a cuticle layer tightly fused together holding essential moisture keeping the hair healthy, soft, and shiny. Once the protective layer of cuticles peel from hair strands your hair loses the ability to hold moisture allowing the oils to escape.

Dry air

When we transition from the hot summer months into autumn winter seasons the temperature drops. Colder weather means drier air causing moisture to be quickly lost from your hair.

Over Washing

Washing your hair too often deprives your hair of its natural oils resulting in dry itchy scalp

Hair styling devices

Although great in achieving various desired hairstyles hair- dryers, tongs, and straighteners can all contribute to hair damage, breakage and brittle hair. So, try to use these tools less often.

Hair Colouring

Chemically colouring your hair puts a lot of stress on the scalp by colouring your hair frequently you’ll notice the texture of the hair become brittle and dry. And although there are natural and less harsh colouring products out there try not to change your hair colour too much.


Components of Comfrey for Healthy Hair

Comfrey is rich in vitamins and minerals like allantoin a cell proliferant, vitamin B-12, zinc and rosmarinic acid which are substances for skin regeneration. Comfrey root is brilliant for stopping dry hair because it naturally stimulates the scalp by exfoliation that softens the skin and in turn softens your hair.

Comfrey also promotes healthy hair growth because it contains an omega-6 fatty acid known as gamma linoleic acid and is full of mucilage a fantastic softer and detangler which adds extra shine to your hair strands and is also an excellent slip master.

This amazing plant is the gift that keeps on giving because it has three powerful polyphenols essential for healthy soft silky hair:

Caffeic acid – An effective antioxidant /anti-inflammatory which helps with scalp irritation

Chlorogenic acid – An anti-fungal – viral – bacterial great to treat dandruff and eczema

Rosmarinic acid – An anti-inflammatory that can relieve itchy scalp

How to Make Comfrey Leaf Treatment for Your Hair

Because comfrey is fast growing and abundant you can easily make your own ointment or cream creating your own dry hair remedy bringing your hair back to a voluminous, bouncy shiny soft silky head of locks, which will be the envy of your friends.

After you’ve washed your hair, apply a comfrey leaf hair rinse:

1 TSP, of dried comfrey leaf

1 TSP apple cider vinegar/lemon juice

1 Cup of boiling water

Place the dried comfrey leaves in a bowl, pour boiling water over the leaves then add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Mix, allow to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain and cool, then pour over your freshly washed hair.


Comfrey Controversies

Although the ancients used comfrey to make a Medicinal tea, it has a long history of use for internal injuries. studies using rats & mice have shown that it can be dangerous when taken internally potentially being carcinogenic and causing liver damage.

In fact, in the early 2000’s the FDA banned the sale of comfrey because of its high alkaloid content highlighting the dangers if taken internally too often.


Research Against FDA Findings Regarding Toxicity of Comfrey

Despite there being a wealth of information on the toxicity of comfrey the main issue here is ingesting comfrey could be dangerous. However, the video above lays out a pretty good argument to the contrary.

Anyway, comfrey has over 2000 years of positive evidence proving that it can definitely help in relieving you of many ailments and health issues including dry hair and scalp.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Daniel Sevan

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