In the Garden
Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
*Also known as ass ear, blackwort, and knitbone
Introduced into North America by early European settlers, comfrey now grows wild in some areas. It has dark green, oval leaves on an erect stem that grows up to three feet tall. Its creamy yellow to purplish, bell-shaped flowers grow in clusters and bloom from May to September. When not in bloom, comfrey can be mistaken for foxglove.
The Greeks and Romans considered this plant a master healer and used it for a wide range of ailments. In the Middle Ages it was attributed with healing broken bones. Its genus name comes from the Greek symphyo, meaning “grown together” or “to unite,” referring to its mending properties.46 The name comfrey was derived from the Latin conferva, meaning “knitting together.” 47 Despite its reputation in the past, current opinions differ on comfrey’s safety when taken internally.
Wear or carry a leaf for safe and easy travel. In addition, a piece of comfrey root in your suitcase is said to aid its safe arrival at your destination. Place a piece of dried root in your pocket for protection when traveling in the astral realm. Use crumbled, dried leaves and/or flowers to strew around your property to invite blessings and attract abundance. Planting comfrey in several places around the garden will bring stability to your household. Burn small pieces of dried root to boost the energy of spells that banish or bind. To enhance psychic abilities, place four dried leaves in the cardinal directions on your altar.
Comfrey is associated with the elements air, earth, and water. Its astrological influence comes from the planet Saturn and the fixed star Ala Corvi.