Some vegetable-averse kids may screw up their noses in disgust, but cabbage is a miracle food. Packed full of anti-carcinogenic properties, rich in vitamins C and B6, low in calories, and an effective anti-inflammatory, cabbage has been a dinner plate staple around the world for centuries.
But did you know? Cabbages can also relieve joint pain!
Easy-to-make cabbage compresses can reduce swelling and ease chronic pain. They can also be used to treat the more severe pains caused by arthritis and sports injuries. It’s an easy recipe: no culinary skills required. Follow the instructions below for a healing cabbage compress that the whole family can use, according to Live Strong.
You will need:
Cabbage (preferably red cabbage)
A cutting board
A rolling pin (if you don’t have one, a tin can or wine bottle will suffice!)
- Wash the cabbage well, then cut out the stem. Place a large cabbage leaf (one per compress) on your cutting board and “bruise” it with your rolling pin to extract the juices.
- Wrap the leaf in aluminum foil and gently warm it in the oven on a low setting for 2–3 minutes. Next, place the leaf onto the affected area of skin, and bind it tightly in place using a strip of bandage or gauze. Keep the cabbage compress on the skin for one hour. If you don’t exhibit any skin sensitivity, the cabbage compress can even be left on overnight.
- Repeat this process a few times every day, using a new cabbage leaf each time. The anti-inflammatory properties of the red cabbage will gently soothe joint pain. Do you know anybody with a cabbage allergy? It’s not common! However, if you notice any adverse effects, remove the compress immediately.
- The compress can also be used cold: Just refrigerate the cabbage instead of heating it in the oven, and bind to the skin in the exact same way.
You can also incorporate cabbage into your diet, as well as binding it to your painful joints, for the very best results. As the experts say, “you are what you eat,” after all. Eat healing foods, and become a shining example of health and vitality!
“While both red and green cabbage are good for you, red cabbage packs a more powerful nutritional profile,” says Dr. Axe. Red cabbage contains almost twice the amount of vitamin C than its green counterpart, for one, and even more vitamin C than oranges. “Red cabbage contains phytonutrients that may help reduce chronic inflammation. One compound in red cabbage that may be responsible is sulforaphane (found in many cruciferous vegetables), a potent inflammation killer.”
Ask a Prepper adds three more useful home hacks to the healing cabbage compress’s list of achievements, this time for sufferers of particular skin ailments.
- For eczema sufferers, the cabbage compress can be used directly on the skin for one hour, to relieve itching.
- For asthma sufferers, apply four large cabbage leaf compresses onto the chest, or shoulders, for at least four hours.
- For arthritis sufferers, “bruise” a handful of cabbage leaves to release the juices and apply them directly to the affected area. Bind tightly, and leave in place for several hours.