As a kid, I only knew cabbage because of the Cabbage Patch Kids! I had no idea, rightly so, that cabbage could be so amazing. Later in life my college roommate made a huge batch of cabbage soup to lose weight. Unfortunately, she had NO fridge, so I still cringe at the smell of that soup. Twelve years later, my mind still remembers that stench. That soup was in our small room for weeks. Yuck.
Today, as a mom, I’m always looking for a way to keep the “doctor away” and fix things ourselves! So, why not read up on what ancient moms used to do?!
Cabbage has been around as a cure for centuries. So, I must overcome my disgust with the smell, and realize the amazing benefits!! I’m sure this is just the tip of the cures, but I wanted to share some with you to get us started! If you have had experience with cabbage, please comment below and let me know how it’s helped an ailment of yours.
THE MEDICINAL QUALITIES OF CABBAGE
Uncooked Cabbage is high in glutamine, an amino acid that is essential for intestinal health. It has also been proven to be both antibacterial and antiviral. Cabbage contains Vitamin K (essential in the production of blood clotting proteins); potassium (helps regulate blood pressure); and quercetin (antioxidant that is a natural antihistamine that can benefit allergy sufferers).
HISTORY OF CABBAGE
The Egyptians ate cabbage with vinegar before a night of drinking to prevent hangovers. Cabbage is still today considered one of the best remedies to cure hangovers! The Romans also ate cabbage to cure every imaginable ailment under the sun! They ate it raw with vinegar before and after each meal.
TRADITIONAL USES OF CABBAGE:
The juice of cabbages is often used to relieve constipation. The downside to cabbage juice is that it can cause gas, as the juice breaks down putrefying matter in the intestines!
CABBAGE CURES PAINFUL BREASTS FOR BREASTFEEDING
Cabbage leaf compresses are often suggested by herbalists to reduce swelling in moderate to severe engorgement of the breast during breastfeeding months. Cabbage has both antibiotic and anti-irritant properties — it contains sinigrin (allylisothiocyanate) rapine, mustard oil, magnesium, oxylate and sulphur heterosides. It is theorized that this natural mixture of ingredients helps decrease tissue congestion by dilating (opening) local capillaries (small blood vessels) improving the blood flow in the area.
Rinse common green cabbage leaves and cut a hole for the nipple. Right before applying, crush the veins of the cabbage leaves with a rolling pin to break open the veins. Apply the cabbage leaves directly on the breast. Usually one or two leaves per breast works well. Make sure to cover all inflamed or engorged tissue. In 1-2 hours, when cabbage leaves wilt, remove the leaves and reapply fresh leaves. Repeat application 4-6 times, for a total of 8 hours. Use the cabbage leaves only until the engorgement subsides.
Warning: Prolonged use of cabbage leaves on the breast can reduce milk supply.
Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. Research has shown cabbage contains a chemical called tartaric acid, which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Substituting a meal with cabbage salad once a day is an excellent way to reduce weight.
CABBAGE CURES HEADACHES
Try eating raw cabbage to cure a headache.
Recipe: Sterilize the wound, then apply ground cabbage twice a day. Grind fresh cabbage and apply to wounds or sores. Fresh ground cabbage will also bring a boil to a head and make it burst.
Apply freshly ground cabbage to a bruise to heal it quickly.
FOR JOINT PAIN
Raw cabbage is one of the best vegetables you can take to ease inflammation of the joints. You can eat it however you like, just make sure it is fresh and uncooked! Herbalists suggest to eat fresh cabbage in the morning prior to any other food.