Its crinkly fuzzy leaves yield their goodness to oil with just a little encouragement, and mixed into a salve or lotion it works wonders for my own and my friends' minor skin health needs (as always with any illness- take the pledge: If my condition worsens or anything new develops, I will consult a doctor or hospital AND inform them of the herbal preparation I have been using).
I have used jewel weed and comfrey before to make salves especially for swollen rashes, stings and eczema. I also try to keep a jar or two of comfrey and calendula oil on hand. Calendula is another astonishing herbal ally: in addition to reducing gastric inflammation as a tea it yields it's excellent healing properties to skin in a poultice, wash or oil-based skin soothers.
|Solid healing salve scented with clove and citrus for the fellas.|
|Left to Right: goldenseal tincture, comfrey calendua oil, clary sage/geranium/lavender oil, anointing oil.|
Fill a jar half with dried calendula petals and half with very wilted comfrey leaves. Add almond or olive oil with a few tablespoons full of jojoba for preserving.
Cap with a sterile cap and let steep in sunlight for two weeks in warm weather, or place loosely capped in a pan of hot water just below simmering for 2 hours. Strain through fine muslin set in a funnel; label with the date and use in 6 months to a year. Add to salves 1-2 tablespoons per 4 ounces of other oils and wax ingredients.