Make your own comfrey ointment - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that has been traditionally used for skin cells growth. It also helps reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. If you seek to repair and protect your skin from damage from all sources, you can do no better than this mix!

stock comfrey plant

It was originally called “knitbone” and people used it to treat broken bones, muscle sprains, joint pain and research is showing it is useful for osteoarthritis.


About 250grams of dried elecampane leaves
1 pint of vegetable oil
1/2 sq. in. of beeswax


Place the elecampane/comfrey and the vegetable oil in a double boiler and simmer gently for 3 hours.

Carefully monitor the temperature of the herbal oil to make certain it does not exceed 160 degrees. Elecampane (comfrey) contains allantoin and higher temperatures destroy it.

After 3 hours, strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. To 3 1/2 oz. of elecampane oil add 1/2 sq. in. of beeswax. Place the mixture in the double boiler and heat gently until the beeswax has melted.

Pour the ointment into a dark coloured jar. Store in a cool dark place. The ointment will keep for up to one year.

Have a question? Contact McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Get in Touch

We are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. AEST. You can also contact us by phone or email.

02 6331 3937
+61 2 6331 3937(Int)


McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

EMAIL info@mcdowellsherbal.com  |  PHONE 02 6331 3937  |  INTERNATIONAL +61 2 6331 3937