How I Healed My Leg After Surgery

Learn how I avoided physical therapy and healed my leg after surgery!

A couple summers ago I found myself at a local leg doctor scheduling a surgery.

You see, giving birth to my 4 wonderful children resulted in me suffering from pain for years from varicosities on a section of one of my legs.

Pregnancy changes our bodies for good, but oh those precious babies are worth it! 🙂

The surgery went different than I expected, but in the end, it produced pretty good results.

…Except for the fact that my leg became very stiff and I could not bend it. This was not from the varicosities {the surgery took care of those}, this was from the surgery itself – the medicine and wires injected into my leg.  

I assumed my leg would heal, or at least start feeling better within a week of the surgery, but it did not. After 2 1/2 weeks, I realized my leg just may not ever get better at all; or at least that’s how it seemed. I could not bend it at all, and I really walked pretty funny.

A follow up appointment resulted in a confused doctor as to why my leg was not healing, and the only recommendation was physical therapy.

Enter comfrey salve. Comfrey is an amazing herb! It is a healer on contact. Its uses range from burns to broken bones.

Learn how I avoided physical therapy and healed my leg after surgery!

I made my own homemade comfrey salve and began to apply it 3 times a day.

The results?

It was easy for me to wonder how this salve that I made could possibly help this suffering leg of mine, but help me it DID! The very day after I started using this salve, my leg felt somewhat better; I could bend it a little more. The next day I noticed I could bend it even better. By the end of a week, I could basically use my leg as normal. I was yet again so impressed by the effectiveness of this healing herb!

How I Healed My Leg After Surgery With Comfrey

You can make poultices or infusions with comfrey and use it that way, but a very convenient way to use it is by making a salve.


1 cup dried Comfrey Leaves and/or Comfrey Root or 2 cups fresh comfrey
Olive Oil
1/8 cup Beeswax
1/2 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil


Making the herbal oil:

  • First you need to make an herbal oil with the comfrey. There are a few different methods of doing this, but in this post I’ll explain the quick double boiler method. When making the oil on the stovetop, it’s a good idea to use a double-boiler {or a smaller pan inside a larger pan} to make sure the oil doesn’t overheat and destroy the good stuff in the herbs.
  • Place 1 cup of dried comfrey leaves and/or comfrey root {a lot of time). I use half leaves and half root, or sometimes all leaves} into the double-boiler {or use about 2 cups of fresh comfrey}.
  • Cover with about 1 or 1 1/2 cups of olive oil, making sure the oil is 1 or 2 inches above the herbs. Bring to a slow boil and simmer very low {my double-boiler normally doesn’t even bring bubbles to the surface.  It normally just gets the contents very hot.}
  • Simmer gently for 60 minutes.
  • Strain the herbs using a fine strainer, or white cotton material.

Now you have comfrey oil! You can use this oil as is, but I like the convenience of salve.

Learn how I avoided physical therapy and healed my leg after surgery!

Making the salve is very easy!

  • Place 1 cup of the comfrey oil into a pan.
  • Add the beeswax.
  • Slowly heat until beeswax is melted.
  • Turn off heat and add the vitamin E and lavender oil.  Both of these act as a preservative and are healers in themselves.
  • Pour salve into tins or jars

Now you have a healthy salve to use for healing! I recommend it for cold sores, eczema, pulled muscles, bruises, bone breaks and sprains.

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  1. says

    Thanks for sharing this! I have been off work for 6 months and in almost constant pain from 2 herniated disk in my back and a Dysfunctional Sl joint ( Sacroiliac Joint) The disk problem has improved greatly and I probably will not need surgery if I am careful. However the SL joint just doesn’t want to cooperate. I have had the spinal injections and injections into to joint but only get temporary relief. I just ordered the comfrey and can’t wait to see if this will help. I knew about comfrey but just hadn’t thought of it for my issues but at this point I am more than eager to try it . Will let you know how it does.
    Thanks again,

  2. says

    You, my dear friend, are amazing! Way to go… I’m so glad you knew how to help your body fully recover!

    I never did take the plunge with the varicose vein surgery. 🙁 Thankfully, my varicosities don’t bother me all the time… but at a certain time of the month, they really, really hurt.

    I need to start back on my herbs a little more faithfully! 😉

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