HERB - Re: Comfrey toxicity
Sheron Buchele/Curtis Rowland
foxryde at verinet.com
Fri Jan 29 19:07:47 PST 1999
At 08:43 PM 1/29/99 EST, you wrote:
>I'm just extrapolating here but rue may be helpful. Rue is an
>anti-spasmodic and when taken internally is used for menstrual cramps and
>GI spasms. Externally, as in bath water, rue may have similar effect via
I wouldn't. Rue is one of those things that you can become violently
allergic to. It is known for causing terrible blisters on sensitive
individuals. Not to be a spoiler, but it is one of the final clues as to
the killer in Susan Wittig Alberts book "A Rueful Death."
I don't speak from experience because taking the warnings I have read to
heart, I have never touched rue.
For sore muscles I would infuse arnica, thyme, rosemary in olive oil. I
would then rub this in my muscles and pour some of the oil in a hot bath
and have a delicious soak.
I think the point of comfrey contact is to keep it external and to not over
do it. As many things in life, moderation is indicated. It is a wonderful
plant with many healing properties. I for one will not banish it from my
Have these studies of comfey toxicity mentioned whether it was the leaf or
the root which was being studied? Or did I miss that in a soap-making
induced semi-coma :-)
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