The Root (Symphytum officinale)

This plant is cultivated in gardens, and may be found growing spontaneously by road sides. It grows from three to four feet high, with yellowish flowers.

Properties And Uses

Comfrey is mucilaginous, and is therefore useful in coughs, dysentery, soreness of the bowels, and for poultices. It may be used in powder, half a teaspoonful in two thirds of a cupful of hot water.

Irish moss, buckthorn brake, hollyhock blossoms, flaxseed, marshmallows, etc., are also mucilaginous, and may be used in all cases of irritation, internally or externally.