Herbal Magick: Conjuring Comfrey

Herbal Magick: Conjuring Comfrey September 25, 2022

Conjuring comfrey photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Comfrey is a delightful plant that can do many things both spiritual and mundane. It may not be as popular as sage or lavendar, but it is infinitely valuable nonetheless. The use of this plant goes back over 2,000 years, and it’s botanical name is Symphytum officinale L. Comfrey is native to Europe and parts of Asia. This plant’s ancient history tells us that they are many magickal and practical uses which we will detail in this post.

Magickal Uses of Comfrey

  • Protection during travel (place in your luggage or pocket during trips)
  • Healing from illness (can be used in mojo/medicine bags for the sick)
  • Anti-Theft aid (plant near your door to deter unwanted intruders)
  • Financial abundance (place in your wallet or handbag)
  • Fidelity and commitment (can be used as part of a commitment or handfasting ceremony)
  • Gambling luck (place in your wallet, pocket or handbag while gambling)

 

I recently planted some comfrey in my community garden, and I started thinking about all it’s garden uses. People use it as a nutrient rich addition to the compost pile. It is also a good deterrent for slugs. Some people recommend using the leaves for mulch. However, the most popular use in the garden is the making of a comfrey tea.

Fertilizer Tea

This is a very stinky process that requires some patience, but comfrey tea is well worth it for your organic garden. The method is quite simple – add fresh comfrey leaves chopped up to some fresh water in a food grade jug or bucket. Cap or cover the mix and leave for three weeks or more. When ready it will resemble a thick slurry. Comfrey can irritate your skin so be sure to wear gloves. When diluted  (recommended strength is 1:4 or greater) this mixture makes a great fertilizer, but can also be used as a foliar spray.

This herb has also long been heralded for it’s medicinal value. This is because comfrey contains a substance called allantoin which is known to rejuvenate cells. Commercially it is sold as a salve and used to heal skin and joints. It is best to use preparations made from the leaves, and as with all herbs and plants follow medical advice before using it on yourself.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A., hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and African Traditional Religion, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, the bestselling Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens and the award winning Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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