How to Make Cabbage Bandages to Treat Inflammation and Joint Pain

By Nicole Apelian

Author of The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

When I was a child, I didn’t stay indoors much. I used to play with other kids in my neighborhood all day long. Of course, this meant injuries were an almost daily occurrence.

But I didn’t care. I was just a kid doing things that every other kid did back then. Whenever I’d come back home, my mother would look at me and sigh, “Chris, not again…”

She would then prepare some cabbage leaves and wrap them around my wounds, using bandages to keep them in place. After a time the swelling would go away, the bruises would be significantly reduced, and cuts would be almost completely healed. And that happened much faster than normal.

We weren’t a wealthy family, so we couldn’t afford to go to the doctor for every minor thing. However, my parents were very knowledgeable about the natural remedies passed on by my grandfather.

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For centuries, people all over the world have used cabbage leaves to successfully reduce swelling, pain, and strains. It is high in vitamins and phytonutrients as well as anthocyanins and glutamine, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Furthermore, modern science shows that cabbage contains 2.6% to 5.7% sugars, 1.1% to 2.3% proteins, fixed oil, and mineral salts, including sulfur and phosphorus. The plant also contains vitamin C and S-Methylmethionine, also known as vitamin U, which is antiulcer.

This makes it a very powerful and convenient tool against joint pain, arthritis, and most injuries.

What You’ll Need

  • A cabbage (obviously)
  • Bandages
  • Cellophane
  • A cup, hammer or rolling pin (basically anything that gets the job done)
  • A cutting board

How to Make Cabbage Bandages

#1. Place cabbage leaves (green or red) on a cutting board, and cut out the hard stem.

#2. Hammer the leaves with any kitchen utensil to gently bruise the leaves in order to release some of the cabbage juices. 

#3. Layer the cabbage leaves around the knee or ankle joint until it is completely encased with the leaves.

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#4. Hold the leaves in place by wrapping them with bandages.

#5. Wrap all of this up with cellophane in order to hold the warmth and cabbage juice around the skin.

#6. Leave the cabbage leaves wrapped around the joint for at least one hour. If no skin sensitivity is noted, the leaves can be left on overnight.

#7. Unwrap the cabbage leaves when cool and discard. 

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Here are some of the things cabbage bandages can help you out with:


Use cabbage leaf bandages for about one hour.


Apply four cabbage leaf bandages on the chest or shoulders for at least four hours.


Pound the cabbage leaves with any kitchen utensil you have on hand (even a simple cup), and apply it directly to the affected area. Wrap it up in a bandage and cellophane to make sure it stays tight so that the skin absorbs the vital nutrients. Leave it on for several hours, and repeat this process until you see a huge improvement.

With all of these benefits, how can you not love cabbage? God has indeed blessed us, and we can gain so much simply by studying his creation.

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