Comfrey is covered in rough little hairs. It grows large, dark green oval leaves with deep veinage. It produces small cream or purple bell-shaped flowers. The plants can grow 2 feet high by 3 feet across.
We grow comfrey in the top the container garden we made by filling a 55 gallon barrel with dirt, cutting rectangles in the side, and stuffing the holes with plants.
I picked 2 leaves and mashed them up in a mortar and pestle with a splash of water. The result was super runny and I figured it would soak right into my bandage, so I mixed in a spoonful of flour. I smeared the comfrey paste all over my hand, and it immediately felt cool and soothing.
Then I tied it up with a strip of an old sheet and left the poultice on for 6 hours. The comfrey paste was totally dry and flaked right off by that time.
Comfrey worked like a champ to reduce my swelling, pain, and inflammation!