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Cabbage Leaf Poultice

I have found Cabbage Leaf Poultices extremely beneficial for drawing up congestion fluid and also reducing inflammation.

They are particularly effective for reducing swelling around knee joints especially arthritic knees. However they can be used on any area of the body where there is accumulation of fluids.

Cabbage leafs have long been used for nursing mothers with engorged breasts with tender and cracked nipples. The fact that this remedy is so often advised by midwives testifies to their effectiveness.

I have found this poultice to be wonderful adjunct that patients can do themselves to enhance their results with treatments in clinic.

Making a Cabbage Poultice

1.                  Finely chop green cabbage sufficient for the area to be treated

2.                  Place the cabbage in a blender with just enough water to make a thick paste

3.                  Spread the cabbage paste 1" thick over a piece of cheesecloth, muslin or a clean tea towel. The size should be sufficient to cover the desired part of the body

4.                  Place the cloth, cabbage side onto the skin, over the area to be treated

5.                  Cover with a clean, dry cloth then wrap the whole area in a thick towel or wool flannel cloth

6.                  Leave the cabbage poultice in place for 15 to 60 minutes depending on the severity of the condition and the reactions of the person. It is intended that the treated area should get red and warm but no burning should be allowed to occur. If the person becomes uncomfortable then remove the poultice and wash the area with cool water

7.                  Have the person lie down and rest for the duration of the application

8.                  After removing the poultice wash the area with tepid water

9.                  The cabbage poultice can be repeated two or three times daily as needed, using fresh cabbage each time.

Lazy Mans’ Version

1.                  Take a large cabbage dark green cabbage leaf and scour it

2.                  Place it directly on the joint / area to be treated

3.                  Place a wet tea towel over the leaf

4.                  Cover with cling film

5.                  Leave on over-night

6.                  When you wake in the morning, the swelling will have reduced dramatically in the area. (Osteoarthritic knees see the most obvious benefit of this technique).