Magickal Herbalism: Comfrey Root

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Comfrey Root (Symphytum officinale)

Behold my comfrey root salve! This baby ia always a friendly plant alli that gets us on the mend and on our way. Real herbal healing takes time. Herbs support the body to heal itself. Comfrey is a great one to help heal topically.

When any health issue arises in my family I usually am the one who is asked to help remedy the issue. I am known as the healer, for good reason. I won’t go into how I initially came to know that part of my life’s work was to realize myself as a healer. Once I did understand this ability in myself, I fell head and heart into the healing arts, especially herbalism, then later, magickal herbalism.

Most of my friends and family are not like me, or I am not like them. I mean, of course we have common ground that we meet on, but as far as magick, alchemy, and healing goes, I am on my own. So, when I get ill or have hurts and pains, I ask myself to heal myself.

Recently I started running for excercise. HAha! The thing is, I have said FOR YEARS, that I am NOT the running type. I contended that I am packing too much top and bottom to be pounding the pavement and shocking my joints etc.. Well, I must have forgotten for a moment that my words are spells. I must have lost my head and forgot that I basically “fixed” myself from being able to run as excercise because of all the years that I said that I wouldn’t. Fast forward to the early signs of Spring…

I was out WALKING about three weeks ago and noticed small signs that Spring was right around the corner. In my exuberance and excitement about my favorite season soon rolling around, I decided that it was time to begin shedding this winter weight! In an effort to jumpstart the weight loss, I decided to run! For the last two weeks, I had been doing a combo of swift walking and running… Well, yesterday I was over my sister’s house chilling and I got up to leave, and my knee gave me the SHARPEST pain that I have ever felt from any part of my body, and I have broken my arm as a child! Swelling quickly followed. I managed to drive myself home and ice the knee.

I immediatly knew that this was happening because of my new running regimen. I should have never jumpped into running, like I knew what I was doin’! As I sat on the couch vexed and in pain, it occurred to me that I didn’t have to stay this way, in this uncomfortable pain. I do not take prescriptions pills or over the counter pills hardly ever. Pills are not the first thing that I think of or reach for. I will deal with pain before I let Big Pharma get me hooked, or damage my liver with harmful OTC’s. Comfrey to the rescue!

*If you are suffering pain of any kind, please consult your physician. Also, Comfrey when ingested has been found to be detrimental to the liver. I do not recommend taking it internally. Do your research and decide for yourself. If you are educated and you trust yourself, good for you 😉

Known as knit bone, gum plant, bone set, and bruise wort to name a few. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), is the answer when we have pain, sprains, breaks, or bruises. The name Symphytum comes from the Greek meaning grow together + plant. 

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Healing Properties & Application:

  • high in calcium and vitamin C

  • anti-inflammatory

  • high concentration of allantoin, a substance that helps promote new skin cell growth

  • can be made into an herbal oil or salve

  • can be made into a poultice

Apply to skin, for ulcers, wounds, bruises, joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen veins, gout, and fractures. It works like magick.

Speaking of magick. You are your own universe. The Forces of Nature are ours to manipulate. I like to compound healing and magick. If that is something that you have considered. Below are a few of the magickal attributes of comfrey.

You can plan to evoke a particular goddess when healing with a herb that is associated with her and seek her assistance for the healing. You can perform certain healings under a particular moon. You can concentrate on a particular Element when healing with a specific herb. Perhaps cary it as a protective talisman. Can be used in money magick. Use comfrey in a ritual bath especially before healing and love spells. You can burn it with mugwort when doing divination.

Associated Planet: Saturn

Associated Element: Water

Associated Goddess: Hecate

So there you have it. In which ways do you use comfrey? If you found this post helpful, LIKE it below. Until next time. Blessed be. Ase.

 

Oracle Card of the Day

colette baron reid oracle cardIt’s time to clear the clutter to make way for better things.

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When you see the Cleaning House card in a reading, is time to de-clutter your life.  Get rid of unwanted things in your physical home, and release what you no longer want or truly need.  Is there any unfinished business you should address?  Thoughts, memories, and emotional baggage must be swept out of your house as well. Your conscience must be clear for you to move freely in the world.

Celebrate a Spring cleaning and feel the freedom as you make way for much better things.  Look at what you’ve resisted discarding and be honest about its value. Be honest.  Clean house.

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Reversed

Why do you hold on to things that remind you off the past? Is your home cluttered with objects that bring up unhappy memories? Do you have a tendency to attract broken people who need to be fixed? If your involved in this type of emotional project, stop right now and “clean house”. Being needed isn’t going to get you what you really need. That said, even if you initially resist letting go of excess physical or emotional baggage, you’ll feel amazing afterward.

Let go, and let the universe bring you something better.  Make space.  The universe doesn’t like a vacuum and will respond to your house cleaning by filling your home with what will best serve you.

WITCH

Are you still in the broom closet? Reclaim your divinity. The world needs to see what a Witch really looks like.

Blessed be. Asé