Herbal Household Remedies: Natural Topical Pain Relief

Cabbage is healthy when you eat it. But don’t throw away those big green outer leaves! They are great for topical pain relief.


Topical pain relief can be done with cremes or pills, but if you have some time to apply an herbal remedy, try using cabbage leaves instead to give you some relief for rheumatoid arthritis, lower backache, abdominal cramps and the like:

Cut out the midribs from several large green cabbage leaves.  Then iron the leaves with a steam iron until they are soft as velvet.  Rub a little olive oil on one side of the cabbage or directly on the skin where it hurts, and put the cabbage leaves on the skin, covering the leaves with a heavy towel so they remain in place and the heat does not escape.  Leave on for a while, around an hour, before changing again.

If you do not own a steam iron, you can also steam the cabbage on the stove, or cook it in a little water until it is soft.  Then let it cool until it would not burn your skin anymore, dab it dry, rub some olive oil on the area where it hurts, and then apply the cooked cabbage leaves, even wrapping them if you are applying them to a hand, knee or elbow.  The video below shows how it works.


Disclaimer: The author is not an medical professional, nutritionist, or dietitian. Content on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for legal or medical advice, or medical treatment or diagnosis. Consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any symptoms and before using any herbal product or beginning a new health regimen. When wildcrafting or foraging for plants, do so ethically; be accompanied by an expert; and always have absolute certainty of plant identification before using or consuming any herbs. By using any or all of this information, you do so at your own risk. Any application of the material provided is at the reader’s discretion and is his or her sole responsibility.


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