Last Modified on Mar 18, 2015
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).
The 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.
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.
Warning: Discontinue cabbage leaves on the skin if skin breaks out, blisters or becomes irritated.
Warning: Cabbage is not recommended for individuals allergic to sulfa or cabbage!
7/24/2007: Atalia from Greeley, CO writes: "I used whole cabbage leaves soaked in ice water and it significantly reduced the swelling of my engorged breasts. But the downside is that it greatly reduced my milk production! I used the cabbage leaves for only an hour and I have had troubles ever since trying to feed my infant because of the significant reduction of milk production. I know that the swelling hurts like a mother, but I would use it as a very last resort because I have had long lasting negative results from usage."
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. It is also a great cure for hangovers!
CABBAGE CAN HELP AN ENLARGED PROSTATE causing painful or dribbling urination
Recipe: Take common green cabbage, put it in boiling water, boil briefly until half cooked. Pour out half the water, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and a little cumin. Bring to another boil for about 3 minutes. Eat the cabbage and drink the juice from this recipe immediately. Once a day is best.
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.
CABBAGE FOR BIRD FLU
Scientists at Seoul National University found that when they fed an extract of kimchi to 13 chickens infected with the bird flu, 11 of them recovered within a week. These same scientists previously proved that the lactic acid bacteria found in kimchi also has an anti-bacterial effect.
Replied by Alexander
02/14/2013Posted by Kari (Calgary, Alberta) on 09/18/2010
Hello - I have had severe bloating for almost a year. My doctor suggested cabbage as a remedy. Due to my digestive challenges I can't eat raw veggies - would I benefit from boiling cabbage and drinking the water (almost like a tea I would suppose)? Thank you!Replied by Crystal
Salyersville, Ky, Usa