While knowing that comfrey was used for bruising, I had never tried it because, well its a BRUISE and I couldn’t be bothered.
Christmas Eve I took the pup out to the backyard after dinner and he wanted to play. So there I am in the barely lit garden, chasing him around (his favourite game) when all of a sudden I’m flying…briefly. Fortunately I missed the ceramic laundry trough the water chestnuts are in, but unfortunately I didn’t miss the single short section of concrete path. My arm took most of the fall, but not all of it as I reflexively protected my head.
After icing for an hour, the bump on my brow ridge was still sore and my eye was darkening rather dramatically. For over half a century of falls and knocks I’ve managed to neither break a bone nor get a black eye, until now. Next day it didn’t look too bad, so I ignored it, but it got blacker, more swollen and the bruising was still spreading over the next two days. OK, here finally is a bruise I had trouble ignoring so bring on the comfrey.
I pasted several comfrey leaves in a mortar and pestle, stuck the mass in the cut off toe of a thin sock, tied it up and held it in place with a sleep mask at night. The results have been dramatic. The bruising started reversing, shrinking in size and leaving only a faint yellowing as it went. None of the usual healing bruise stages of green and vivid yellow occurred.
On the nights when I had trouble sleeping and didn’t have the poultice in place for as long, the healing was less obvious the next day. When I was able to keep it in place longer, the bruising next day was more noticeably decreased. The accompanying swelling went down faster than I usually heal, though possibly black eyes do heal faster than other bruises?
I kept the poulticing up for about a week and stopped when all that could be seen is a fingerprint sized black spot below the eye. I’m curious to see how long it will take for that to go on its own. So far, it seems that there is a slow change over several days, much like I ordinarily heal from bruising.
While the bruise healed much more rapidly with the comfrey, I didn’t notice that it had much effect on the bump which is still there and still sore. Also, the bit of eyebrow I ‘shaved’ off on the concrete doesn’t seem to be regrowing any faster than it would ordinarily.
What caused the fall (besides stupidity)? I tripped over the poor little Davo! Must put a tree guard back around it as the tiny new growth is not visible at night and the 10 cm of trunk blends too well into the mulch.
1) Back Yard East Side Garden comfrey
2) Now a bit easier to see
3) Two days after, when I decided comfrey was worth trying. The ‘after’ photo looks just like this, but no bruise!