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Old February 1, 2015   #16
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so what I'm hearing is that I need to find a friend with comfrey in their garden, or find someone who can mail a root cutting to me?
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Old February 1, 2015   #17
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Or you could get seeds/plants from Richters. They have several varieties, or did previously.
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Old February 1, 2015   #18
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Or you could get seeds/plants from Richters. They have several varieties, or did previously.
Thanks! I hadn't seen them before. Now I have a full shopping cart. I will be a very happy gardener this summer.
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Old February 1, 2015   #19
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I grow a lot of herbs but not for medicine. I do grow Aloe plants for medicine though. I use the inside gel pulp for sunburns and stings and bites. I start with a plant from a nursery or you can take a cutting from someone you know with a plant.
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About ten years ago; my wife was bitten by an unknown 'something' while apple picking in western North Carolina. Over the next ten days, she treated it with the usual insect bite remedies. Nothing seem to work...in fact, the bite area got redder, and red lines/streaks started to radiate down her arm. On a trip to Florida, we went to one of the numerous 'open market/bazaars' in the Daytona Beach area. There was a herbalist set up there, which caught her attention. She asked if he had anything for insect bites, and showed him her arm. He announced 'nasty spider bite', turned to his display and selected a bottle labeled 'BITES', which we purchased. He said it would be gone in two days. He was right. We had plenty left after the spider bite healed, so we tried it as a repellent here in New Hampshire (mosquito/black fly capitol of America). Nothing would touch us...even as people around us were being eaten alive. Eventually, we ran out. All I can remember it that it contained garlic, cayenne, and 'something else' in a thick amber carrying oil. The stuff was amazing...almost worth the trip to Florida to visit that herbalist once again
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