Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Amazing Benefits of Growing Comfrey for Livestock and Healing.

Well its been a mild winter here, and already the trees and landscape is beginning to bud out.  Most of the plants I bought here from CA made it through the winter.  The blackberries, Elderberries, and Aronia berries are budding out with new leaves.  Along with the berries, our Comfrey roots that I planted when we arrived here a year ago, are pushing up through the mulch.   Despite the chickens getting into the fenced inner garden area last year and eating every hint of my green Comfrey leaves, the Comfrey did survive and are pushing up new green leaves.

Comfrey is important to my goal of raising our rabbits and chickens as naturally as possible.  Once all the greens are up and growing well, the Comfrey, Kudzu, Plantain, Kale, Swiss Chard, and sour dock will all go toward the animals natural feed.  Comfrey is an important element to feeding them naturally, thereby reducing our feed bill. 

The right side of this picture shows the huge Comfrey leaves in the Spring of last year. How do I know livestock will eat it? It takes a 6 foot fence to keep our chickens from raiding the plants. They will devour every last leaf if given the opportunity.

Why raise Comfrey for your animals? It is a great organic food source that you can easily grow in your back yard or in your garden.

Comfrey is used for animal fodder in many parts of the world. It has beautiful purple flowers. Goats, rabbits, chickens, horses, and cattle will all benefit from eating Comfrey leaves. It is planted as a permanent crop that is cut several times a year. Growing Comfrey versus soybeans will give you 20 times the protein, acre for acre.  It contains far more nutrition than hay and better for them. You can plant them in the pasture or in an area dedicated to Comfrey production.

  • Comfrey is an excellent protein source for livestock containing from 22% to 33% protein.  It is used as a supplement feed or main feed source for all your farm animals. 

  • Comfrey helps cows and goats to give more and better quality milk. Chickens will usually lay more eggs.  It just really boosts your food to end product quality.

  • It is extremely high in vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and all the trace minerals that standard feeds may be deficient in, in an organic form. 

  • It is one of the only plants that take B-12 from the soil right into the Comfrey's plants nutritious leaves.

Comfrey, is far more valuable than just animal fodder!  It is healing to wounds!

It is also used as the primary ingredient in a salve to heal wounds, as a poultice to speed the healing of broken bones, and as growth simulator for plants.  

  • Comfrey, a Valuable Liquid Fertilizer for your plants!
  • Add 5 pounds of Comfrey leaves into about 7 gallons of water. 

  • If you want a lot of fertilizer, use a 55 gallon barrel or 33 gal trash can with a proportional amount of leaves. 
  • Cover the mixture with a lid and let ferment for 4-6 weeks. The liquid gold is then used to fertilize your plants. You can also place Comfrey leaves in your planting holes to give them a Comfrey growth boost.
  • The best Comfrey to grow is Bocking #4 which is more drought resistant, more durable, more frost tolerant, more heat tolerant, and has a better taste for your livestock.  It is the best Comfrey strain to plant as animal fodder. It is called  Symphytum peregrinum, Quaker comfrey, Russian or American Comfrey.  It divides itself but is not invasive.

    It is very cold tolerant...the perennial roots are hardy to minus 40 degrees (-40)! The leaves can withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees and still survive.  So Comfrey can be grown in any climate whether you have a small garden or 17 acres like we have.

    Comfrey is also heat tolerant, even to 120 degrees. Its roots grow down into the soil to a depth of 8-10 feet to find the available water supply. The best growing zones are USDA Zones 2-9. The Comfrey leaves will begin growing in early spring and continue on into the end of fall or the the first frosts and snow.
Coe’s Comfrey sells the Bocking #4 strain of Russian comfrey, Symphytum Peregrinum, which is best for hardiness, highest yield, and the highest protein with high allantoin content; for fodder, compost, and all around general use - See more at:

Comfrey is one herb that should be planted in everyone's garden.  It is just that important.  It is one of the survival plants to grow in your garden or back yard. It is easy to grow Comfrey and very rewarding. The purple flowers are gorgeous!  The bees and hummingbirds love these plants.

Comfrey Root Pwd Organic - Symphytum officinale, 4 Oz,(Starwest Botanicals)

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.

 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here