There is some controversy surrounding the internal use of comfrey. Young leaves can be cooked or eaten raw, while shoots can be eaten as an asparagus substitute and roots added chopped up to soups. A tea is made from the dried leaves and roots.
Commonly used as a herbal medicine with a rich history of treating various complaints, especially in the external treatment of cuts, bruises, sprains, broken bones, eczema etc. Rich in a substance called ‘allantoin’ which is a cell proliferant that speeds up the healing process.
It is a fantastic plant to grow as biomass, for enriching and activating compost, or as a liquid feed for plants. Flowers attract pollinators.