For centuries cabbage leaves have been used for ulcers, sprains, swelling and strains. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been used to treat joint pain due to sports injuries and arthritis.
Many arthritis sufferers reduce their medicinal intake by adding cabbage leaves to their treatment although the proof is more anecdotal than medicinal. How have they used cabbage? As a wrap!
CABBAGE LEAVES FOR GOUT
This simple home remedy reduces or eliminates gout pain, many gout sufferers claim. Only keep a few frozen cabbage leaves in a plastic bag in the freezer.
When gout strikes, take them out, arrange them around the affected area, wrap a towel around them and let the warmth of your skin thaw them naturally.
The gout-fighting chemicals in the cabbage will dissolve crystal deposits and penetrate the skin if the theory is accurate. If not, the frozen leaves will soothe the inflamed area anyway.
CABBAGE LEAVES FOR JOINT PAIN
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis in one Swiss hospital, have their swollen joints wrapped at night in cabbage leaves to help reduce joint swelling and pain.
Savoy cabbages work best. Cut out the central rib of some leaves, lay them flat on a chopping board, and bash with a rolling pin until the juices start to come out.
Over the swollen joints place the leaves and wrap a gauze bandage around the joint to keep the leaves in place.
CABBAGE LEAVES FOR SWOLLEN FEET TREATMENT
Cool green or white cabbage leaves in the freezer until they are chilled but still pliable. Around your swollen feet wrap the leaves and sit with your feet elevated for 30 minutes. A great water absorption qualities has the cabbage and will draw out excess fluid in the feet.
Warning: Remove the leaves immediately if you have any swelling or itching to the skin where the cabbage poultice is place. If the irritation continues or worsens consult a health practitioner.