Lasavia Healing Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals and insects delivered to you with the utmost care. Our resolve is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an essence into your being. Put a few drops in water, drink and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the essence that you have chosen.
Comfrey symphytum × uplandicum
Comfrey is associated with structure and patterns. It brings attention to the patterns that help us evolve and also the patterns that may be holding us back. The comfrey that grows in New Zealand is known as Canadian comfrey or wandering comfrey. It is a hybrid, introduced from Russia to England in the second half of the eighteenth century by an English gardener who was in the service of Catherine the Great. From England it was brought to Canada and gradually colonised the whole west coast of North America, and eventually making its way to Australia and New Zealand. It differs from the symphytum officinale (the comfrey of the old medical apothecaries) in that it is softer, and its flowers have a pinkish tinge to them.
Comfrey is a plant of contrast. Its pink flowers are delicate, charming and floating like a pink bell-dresses. The flower unfolds, like a concertina. The racemes – the shoots on which they grow – are botanically described as scorpoid because they curve like a scorpion’s tail. The flowers are pink when they first bloom then turn purple, then blue. In contrast to its flowers, its leaves are prolific, large, and grow as part of the hairy stem. This appearance of its cohesive gesture was seen by the old herbalists as a reflection of its ability to join together that which has come apart.
And indeed, Comfrey supports and aids the knitting of fractures and broken bones, from its effect on the soft connective tissues, it also can support the growth of hair, skin and nails. English herbalist Juliette de Baïracli Levy, writes of comfrey that, ‘It is, indeed, another of the small company of ‘wonder’ herbs, being good for almost every ill of mankind.’ Comfrey contains allantoin. This gives it some important healing qualities that other herbs that are high in silica do not have. Allantoin cleanses wounds by removing the destroyed tissue and stimulating tissue repair. Comfrey can be used to pull poison from a wound.
The veins on the leaves are clearly defined like embossed prints. They remind me of cracked mud dried by the sun into interlocking shapes. Each leaf has similar patterns emanating from a curve arching away from the stem. The young leaves are like fingers coming out of the earth and are light yellow-green. The leaf hairs are white and soft like fine fur. Comfrey is textured and strong. It grows straight from the earth and smells of earth and like wet rock. Nicholas Culpeper places comfrey under the influence of Saturn. Describing comfrey as, “cold, dry and earthy in quality.” Plants with the imprint of Saturn bend their blossom towards the ground. As the leaf grows it curves back over the ground. As the old leaves die, they form a rich damp litter.
Comfrey is full of minerals and silica. The high silica acid content gives it the ability to absorb large quantities of water. It also results in the fine bristles up the stem and under the leaf. It gives the leaves the structured juicy form. Comfrey’s long root system can join back together if cut. When I pull it up the roots break off and lie in the ground. Some gardeners fear it getting into their beds for it will grow from a small piece of root. Culpepper describes the roots as “great and long, spreading great thick branches underground, black on the outside and whitish within, short and easy to break, and full of glutinous or clammy juice, of little or no taste at all.”
This remedy brings forward patterns – particularly patterns that are subconscious. Comfrey helps us shift and accelerate to meet with new awareness, learning and consciousness. The earth element of comfrey brings to the surface what is hidden and through that healing can occur. This earth element also aids us in integrating changes.
When I first connected to comfrey, I was reminded of an adult that is responsible without being burdened. The gesture was wise and playful. I experienced clear, defined boundaries of roles within relationships and a way of being that was strong and compassionate. When working with comfrey in a daily practice, I was able to bring a great deal of awareness to judgement. By putting a light in how we judge and are impacted by judgement it helps us break free from judgment. This includes judgment of self, judgment from others and judgment of others.
I found the remedy supports the ability to contain and work with the emotions, particularly anger. It helps us to shift emotions by allowing us to be present with them without falling into them, balancing grace with groundedness. The remedy enables us to access memory, ancient and contemporary.