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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.


(Image from: marksvegplot.blogspot.com)

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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set up
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mixing
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done
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on cloth
on cloth
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on husband's knee
on husband's knee
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herb description
herb description
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how to make
how to make
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comfrey growing in the garden
comfrey growing in the garden
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

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!

Staff note (Rob Lineberger) :

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
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Comfrey poultice applied to my leg
Comfrey poultice applied to my leg
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Wrapped in cheese cloth
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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
Harvesting
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tearing leaves for the mortar
tearing leaves for the mortar
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using the mortar and pestle
using the mortar and pestle
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storing in the freezer with label
storing in the freezer with label
Staff note (gir bot) :

Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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