Cabbage is low in calories and high in vitamins and antioxidants. It is high in vitamin C, K, iron, potassium, and also possess cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory superpowers. But, have you ever heard of a cabbage compress?
Cabbage has been used for treating swollen and bruised skin for centuries. It is loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, anthocyanins, and glutamine that contain anti-inflammatory properties, which are good for easing joint pain. It’s also been used to treat arthritis and sports injuries.
The evidence has been anecdotal, but many arthritis sufferers reduce their medicinal intake by adding cabbage leaves to their treatment.
- Cabbage (preferably organic red)
- Aluminum foil
- A bandage or gauze
Take out the outer leaf of the cabbage, wash it well, leave it to dry, and remove the hard stem. Roll a rolling pin over the leaf to release its juice. Then, wrap it in a foil, put it in the oven for several minutes to warm it up, and then apply it on the affected area. Secure it with a bandage or gauze. After an hour, remove it. Repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times daily. You should start to feel the benefits by the next day.
The reason we want to use red cabbage is because it contains anthocyanins (the chemical that gives red cabbage its color). Anthocyanins are known to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Other benefits of cabbage compress
Help for your thyroid gland
The thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body. It produces hormones that play a crucial role in the health of your digestive organs and metabolism. Eating cruciferous vegetables like cabbage may interfere with healthy hormone function, but folk medicine says that placing cabbage leaves on your thyroid gland overnight may neutralize thyroid-disrupting hormones.
Since it may be hard to sleep with cabbage leaves on your neck, try leaving them on your neck for long hours when you can relax at home. Repeat this procedure every day.
Pain due to breastfeeding
Some women experience pain during the breastfeeding period. Say goodbye to this pain by placing fresh cabbage leaves on your breasts, ladies. Take a rolling pin and go over the cabbage leaves so that they can mold to your breasts more easily.
You can keep them on your breasts for several hours, or place chilled leaves on your breasts two times a day for 20 minutes. You can follow these short sessions up with breastfeeding or pumping. You should experience relief within a week.
Because cabbage is rich in vitamins C & K, folate, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron, it is an effective remedy for getting rid of headaches. A lot of headaches can be caused by stress or nutritional deficiencies, which is why it is great to eat cabbage.
An odd yet effective trick you can use is placing cabbage leaves on your temples or upper forehead. Your skin will absorb the nutrients and the cabbage will cool you down as well. For added relief, you can place cabbage leaves in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying them.