Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Cabbage Poultice for Arthritis Joint Pain

 I was surprised to learn that cabbage leaves have been used for centuries in medicine. They make wonderful poultices and are used for swelling , skin ulcers, sprains and strains. 

In fact, rheumatoid arthritis patients in a Swiss hospital routinely have their inflamed joints wrapped with the leaves at night to find relief from swelling and pain.

How to Make a Cabbage Poultice

It’s quite easy to make a cabbage poultice. Savoy cabbages seem to work the best.

Things you need:

·         Savoy cabbage leaves
·         Sharp knife
·         Cutting board
·         Rolling pin
·         Gauze bandage

Step 1
Cut the center rib out of the cabbage leaf.

Step 2
Lay the leaves out flat on the chopping board.

Step 3
Pound the leaves with the rolling pin until the cabbage juice start to come out of the leaves.

Step 4
Wrap the juicy cabbage leaves around the painful joint.

Step 5
Cover the cabbage leaves with the gauze bandage to keep the leaves in place and prevent the juice from dripping.

photo by morgueFile free license

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for this info and exact method of preparation. The wonderful late Dr Alfred Vogel, the celebrated Swiss naturopath, makes extensive mention of the healing uses of cabbage poultices.