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Our Herbs





Lemon Balm

(Symphytum Peregrinum
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Naturally Heals:



Broken bones

Sore muscles

Torn cartilage






Minor Burns

Comfrey drying on the farm's front porch


Common Names: Knitbone, Knitbond, healing herb,

gum plant, slippery root.

Since 400 BCE, early Greek physicians used Comfrey to stop bleeding, treat bronchial problems, heal wounds, and mend broken bones.

Comfrey, right, drying on the farm's front porch.

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COMFREY may be one of the medical profession’s best kept secrets,

but it was no secret thousands of years ago when the Greeks

and Romans used it’s roots for wounds, ulcerations, infections,

inflammations, and swellings. Poultices of COMFREY root were

applied to aching, rheumatic joints...and it was sometimes called

“knitbone” because of its reputed success in healing broken bones.

Herbal lore reports COMFREY was used to help sooth burns, scalds,

bruises, as a remedy for coughs, bronchitis, and chest complaints.

Rural Germans still take it for kidney stones and the English swear

by it for gout—even aching feet! In southern Russia, where it is

not unusual to see inhabitants in prime health at the respected

age of 100 or more, the natives absolutely refuse to do without Comfrey!

It's many functions:



Cell Proliferator


Heals wounds, bone, and cartilage

Fosters the growth of new cells for healing wounds

Info courtesy of
serendipitous summer farms healing comfrey salves

Comfrey drying on the farm's front porch

   A note about Comfrey:

Although this herb is known for its medicinal values and curing abilities, there are a few side effects if taken inappropriately or improperly. There have been many studies proving its safety.

But, in one study conducted with rats, a large quantity of comfrey caused pre-cancerous liver cells when injected directly into their bloodstream .

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use caution when using any kind of Comfrey application. Keep all medicines, creams and ointments away from children. Store them at the right temperature and preserve them in an airtight container. 

serendipitous summer farms healing comfrey salves

Information courtesy of natural remedies


Skin dryness or chapping — Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.

Inflammation — It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula oil also helps treat spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers and chilblains.

Minor cuts and wounds — The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of the oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also help relieve insect bites, acne and bed sores.

Skin issues — Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems can be soothed using calendula oil, applied topically. Calendula oil's antifungal action is also great for helping treat athlete's foot, ringworm and jock itch.


Plantain has been used for insect and snake bites, and as a remedy for rashes and cuts. Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it great for speeding recover of wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems.

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