You have to take fresh cabbage leaves and beat them into a light pulp, until they give juice.
And put that on your knees. You can even bandage that and sleep in that compress for the night.
Cabbage isn’t just for slaw and sauerkraut – although those are wonderful uses! Cabbage leaves also have a proven history as a treatment for wounds and swellings.
An old Irish blessing reads, "May the leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms."
Ancient armies carried cabbage for use not only as a food, but as a wound dressing that fought infection.
Cabbage leaves act as a diuretic, and they contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Cabbage juice is rich in lactic acid, a known anti-bacterial. Applied to the skin, these compounds are remarkably effective at relieving swelling and the pain associated with it.
The leaf of the cabbage is an effective treatment for the pain of swellings due to sports injuries and strains. Apply ice and elevate the injured limb to curb initial swelling. Then apply the cabbage leaf compress two or three times daily until pain and swelling subside. You may want to hold it in place with a cloth bandage. If you’ve been slow to recover from a sprained ankle, this remedy is worth a try.
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