Comfrey Ointment from Shea Butter

We’re going to need 2 ounces / 50 grams of dried comfrey root and 8 ounces / 230 grams (250 milliliters) of shea butter. Put shea butter into a non-metallic pot, put the pot into a water  bath, and melt the shea butter inside. Add comfrey root. If you have a powerful blender (or a mill), it’s better to first blend or mill the comfrey.

Leave the mixture to macerate in a hot water bath (the water should not be boiling, just gently simmering) for 5 to 6 hours. Then filter through a piece of cloth, and store the mixture in jars somewhere dark and cool. The ointment is to be applied to bruises, sprains and sore muscles. One other unconventional herb that works against bruises is lemon balm. We can easily prepare a lemon balm tincture in summer. Finely grind the leaves, put them in a clean glass, and immerse them completely in 45 percent alcohol. Store somewhere dark at room temperature and leave to macerate for 10 days. Then strain the tincture, squeeze the leaves, and filter, ideally through a coffee filter.

For bruises, we can use compresses where we mix a tincture with distilled water in a 1 to 5 ratio. Pour the diluted tincture on ironed out cotton cloth and apply according to need (keep it on the bruise for at least half an hour, ideally until drying out).

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