How, exactly, do you use comfrey and cornmeal?

I received several questions about last week’s column on skin and other personal topics, so here’s a follow-up for you.

Regarding comfrey for rashes, warts, moles, and other growths, people ask, “Where do I get the plant from? Should i plant it? And from what age of plant maturity can it be used? “

Comfrey is a sturdy, well-adapted, easy-to-grow perennial. So yeah – plant it and harvest leaves and stems at any age. Most garden centers that sell culinary and medicinal herbs usually have them in stock. It could also be ordered online. If friends grow in their garden, just dig up a clump and bring it to you. It is easy to transplant.

Comfrey juice can be squeezed out of the stems at its full strength without any additional ingredients. I use three or four leaves with the stems in about two cups of water. Any blender works, but I use the NutriBullet. It is equivalent to about half a liter of comfrey “tea”. Keep them in a jar to use for months or share some of your green magic with others. Commercial products are also available if you want to go that route.

Comfrey is also available as a commercial product under several brand names. A veterinarian friend adds lanolin to the natural juice to treat growths and cuts after operations on animals. We have both received excellent reports of the comfrey sap that cures the bites of the brown recluse spiders.

Use three or four leaves with the stems to make a healing comfrey brew.(Howard Garrett / special article)

I got the same questions about figs. Fig trees are sold in all garden centers. The age of the leaves or fruits does not matter. Simply break off the fruit or leaves from the plant and dab the “milk” onto the skin. No mixing or preparation is required. It’s sticky and stinging, but it works – especially on those crusty growths that can turn into skin cancer.

Then there is cornmeal against toe fungus: How long should you soak your feet in the liquid manure? Each night? How long (days or weeks) should it be? Well it varies. Soak your feet in warm cornmeal and water for about an hour and repeat if necessary. Sometimes a soak cures the problem.

I recommended hydrogen peroxide for dark “moles” on the hands. Just rub the 3% groceries on the stains every day or so. It varies, but stains usually start to fade immediately.

I didn’t mention aloe vera in the last column, but I should have. Nothing is better for burns. Simply break off a fresh leaf and blot or blot the gel from inside the leaf onto the burn. If done quickly, in most cases the pain will subside without scarring. Raw honey can also be effective.

Again, if you think seeking medical advice from a dirt doctor is a little tricky, then you are right. The suggestions above will work for me and many of my listeners, readers, and friends – but they may not work for you. If you do (or not) let me know.