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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create a poultice using comfrey leaf you harvested.


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Additional Information:
https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Poultice
https://theherbalacademy.com/how-to-make-a-poultice-with-herbs/
http://www.healing-from-home-remedies.com/make-a-poultice.html
https://thelostherbs.com/how-to-make-a-comfrey-salve-for-arthritis-and-joint-pain/







Minimum requirements:
  - Create a poultice
  - Use comfrey leaf

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
  - Harvested plant material (either being harvested or just harvested)
  - Plant material in mid-preparation
  - Finished poultice on a body or in a labeled container

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My husband hurt his knee so it is time to try the comfrey poultice.   I debated the use of the small electric mixer instead of a mortar/pestal but decided that if I needed a back hoe to build my first huglebed then I could use the mixer.  I also decided to create a dedicated rag system to keep large enough cloth lengths for the poultice to wrap around the knee.
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comfrey growing in the garden
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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BB
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Staff note (Rob Lineberger) :

Hey Jen this is very close.  Just missing this requirement:

Your journal page about your recipe and dosage information for comfrey leaf poultice

the rest looks good though!

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Thanks for adding that.  This is now certified!

 
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I vaguely remember reading somewhere that comfrey can be used to make a kind of glue which can be applied to bandages to make them dry rigid, like plaster of paris, and this is the reason it is traditionally known as a "bone setting" herb.
 
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I cut my leg when I was up at the lab. When I got down to base camp,I harvested some comfrey from the hugelkultur beds and made a poultice. We had just finished learning how to make a salve so we already had all the supplies out that I needed.
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Flesh wound
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Water a s comfrey in the mortal and pestle
Water a s comfrey in the mortal and pestle
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Comfrey poultice applied to my leg
Comfrey poultice applied to my leg
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Wrapped in cheese cloth
Wrapped in cheese cloth
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Happy treated booboo face
Happy treated booboo face
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Here is my submission for the Natural Medicine Aspect - Sand for Straw - Make a Comfrey Leaf Poultice BB.

I harvested Comfrey Leaf at Wheaton Labs during the PTJ 2021.  Some of it was dried in the solar dehydrator and I made an oil infusion and a poultice.  The poultice instructions say to finish it so once I did, I put it in a glass jar in the freezer until I needed it.
(WL = Wheaton Labs as harvest location)

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
Your comfrey leaves being harvested
Your poultice in mid-preparation
Your completed poultice

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Harvesting
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tearing leaves for the mortar
tearing leaves for the mortar
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using the mortar and pestle
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storing in the freezer with label
storing in the freezer with label
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Here is my comfrey poultice. Applied it to some cuts that I got on my leg while doing some woodland care.
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I jammed my finger playing kickball a couple months ago and it still smarts, so I figured I'd try a comfrey poultice!
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About to pick
About to pick
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Picked!
Picked!
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Mid-way through mashing
Mid-way through mashing
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Mashed!
Mashed!
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Packed on my finger. Feels nice!
Packed on my finger. Feels nice!
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Comfrey harvest, crushed with clean ice cream scoop handle and applied to sore on finger.

For this badge bit, you will create a comfrey leaf poultice.
- Make comfrey leaf poultice, with pictures of it being made, and of it being finished.
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Harvest
Harvest
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Crush
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Application
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Viola!
Viola!
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A made poultices of primarily comfrey but with ginger, thyme, and arborvitae as antiseptics. I’m storing them two ways — frozen and also dehydrated.
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Growing comfrey.
Growing comfrey.
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And more.
And more.
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Comfrey, thyme, ginger, and arborvitae leaf.
Comfrey, thyme, ginger, and arborvitae leaf.
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In the blender.
In the blender.
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Blended
Blended
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Mash applied to cheesecloth.
Mash applied to cheesecloth.
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Dehydrating them all just a little.
Dehydrating them all just a little.
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Stacking up the ones to be frozen.
Stacking up the ones to be frozen.
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Rolled, bagged, and labeled for the freezer.
Rolled, bagged, and labeled for the freezer.
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Fully dehydrated ones (along with extra mash, dehydrated into a grassy powder) in a jar.
Fully dehydrated ones (along with extra mash, dehydrated into a grassy powder) in a jar.
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A labeled jar!
A labeled jar!
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My little one's first wasp sting :(

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blended a bunch of Comfrey
tried to use as little water as possible with my blender. The bender started to blend the Comfrey when I added about 1 cup of water.
followed a recipe from one of the videos, so I added some flower to the comfrey, which also was about a cup.
I will be trying other ways, because I found this was to wet.


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Amazed at how well comfrey poultices work! When I have a small injury, I skip the blender and other tools. I just take small new growth leaves, strip the central vein out, and then roll and twist by hand. The twisting breaks down the leaves to release the juices. Moisten with a few drops of water and bam- ready for a quick and easy small poultice.
 
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I was pulling grass out of the garden beds and noticed my knuckle was bleeding. A blister had formed and popped and a blade of grass had cut my finger.
Off I went to harvest a Comfrey and put half a leaf in my mouth to masticate, didn't taste bad but didn't like the texture.  Spit it out on my booboo, added a few drops of my homemade Fire Cider, and wrapped my finger with the rest of the leaf.  Tied with cotton string for gardening and left it on until morning.

The comfrey paste went on green, fire cider was almost clear, but just look at that stain!  3 days later, with handwashing and showers, the stain is still vibrant.
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Comfrey in the garden
Comfrey in the garden
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Ingredients for poultice
Ingredients for poultice
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Tied up with string
Tied up with string
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and the next morning!
and the next morning!
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My hands were irritated after a day with lots of hand washing, and the skin on my finger split. I made a comfrey poultice to put on the cuts.

I started the comfrey from seed early this year.
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Picking a comfrey leaf
Picking a comfrey leaf
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My cut finger, along with the comfrey ready to be ground with mortar and pestle
My cut finger, along with the comfrey ready to be ground with mortar and pestle
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Comfrey poultice on my finger
Comfrey poultice on my finger before I wrapped it
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Comfrey poultice
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Harvesting comfrey from my yard
Harvesting comfrey from my yard
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Harvested 4 leaves, then went back and harvested more, so about 10 leaves total
Harvested 4 leaves, then went back and harvested more, so about 10 leaves total
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I chopped them up
I chopped them up
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blending with a little water
blending with a little water
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I put about a tablespoon on folded handkerchief
I put about a tablespoon on folded handkerchief
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I wrapped the poultice around my husband's toe injury, secured with adhesive tape and wrapped in plastic toe
I wrapped the poultice around my husband's toe injury, secured with adhesive tape and wrapped in plastic toe
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Minimum requirements:
 - Create a poultice
 - Use comfrey leaf

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
 - Harvested plant material (either being harvested or just harvested)
 - Plant material in mid-preparation
 - Finished poultice on a body or in a labeled container

One would think at thirty years old, I might be more aware of the space that I occupy? Sadly, I do not and I SLAMMED my shoulder the other day causing a rather nice bruise to appear quickly. I have a whole smattering of Comfrey roots that I have started in my nursery that were starting to crowd out each other with their leaves. Snipped a few and decided to get this BB completed. I went into this with some preconceived negative impression of poultices but currently I am rather enjoying the cooling sensation on the bruise as I type this.
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Fresh Leaves
Fresh Leaves
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Mix and Grind
Mix and Grind
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Shoulder Poultice.
Shoulder Poultice.
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