Cabbage is a vegetable from the Brassica family that has a round shape and white-light green leaves. We mainly eat it raw in salads or as a stew. Cabbage has a nice taste and is rich in numerous essential nutrients, including powerful antioxidants that are great for our skin and overall health.
Cabbage is especially rich in potassium and iron. Consuming it frequently can clean the liver and blood, eliminate blemishes and other skin problems and treat arthritis and joint pain. Cabbage will rejuvenate your skin and heal any kind of problem such as bug bites and stings, eczema, psoriasis, burns, ulcers and redness and irritation.
Regular consumption of cruciferous veggies such as cabbage will slow down the aging process and reduce the signs of aging due to the high amount of vitamin C. These vegetables are also rich in vitamins A and D, which can promote skin cell regeneration and protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV-rays.
There are different varieties of cabbage – green, red, Bok Choy or Savoy cabbage.
Green cabbage is the most common type of cabbage consumed in the world. It’s full of important vitamins and minerals and is commonly consumed as a side dish, salad or stew.
Red (purple) cabbage has a stingier flavor and contains the same nutrients as green cabbage.
The Savoy cabbage has big dark leaves with a light green or pale color. The leaves are great as a wrap for various fillings.
Bok Choy has a lighter green color, oval shape and leaves with white veins.
As we already mentioned, cabbage is a perfect remedy for joint pain. Here’s how to prepare a cabbage compress that will reduce the pain quickly and effectively:
- Cabbage (red or green)
- Aluminum foil
Take a few of the outer layers of the cabbage, then remove the hard stem and leave them to dry. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the leaves so they can release the juice. Next, wrap the leaves in aluminum foil, warm them up in the oven for 2-3 minutes, the put them on your painful joints and secure with plastic wrap or gauze. Leave the cabbage to work for an hour and repeat the process 2-3 times a day for best results.
If hot compresses don’t work in your case, you can try a cold cabbage compress. The procedure is the same, except you’re putting the leaves in the freezer for 30 minutes this time. Apply them on the painful joints, and we’re sure the pain will subside soon.