We'll go witching for a root, dig it up, sit in the garden and have a nice long chat about what it is. This will include how to differentiate true comfrey from Russian comfrey, appropriate use, and an in-depth look at pyrrolizidine alkaloids, how to minimize their presence in your medicine, how to maximize the use of comfrey as a healing herb, holding it close to your heart. You know, the taxonomists have put Borage at the head of the, well, the Borage family (Boraginacea), but the plant is a puppet ruler. The throne really belongs to Comfrey. After experiencing this presentation, you will know why.
Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon his return to the United States in 1978, he began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Over the years, his gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open pollinated and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees and garden vegetables.
Richo and his family produce a popular yearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants. His books include “Making Plant Medicine” (2000), “Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs” (2002/2017), and the upcoming “Growing Plant Medicine.” Richo has botanized extensively in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world. These days, on his farm in Williams, Oregon he continues to grow diverse seed crops, harvesting and planting seeds every day, with faith and love.