Cabbage is a vegetable from the Brassica family that offers a wide range of health benefits. The vegetable has an oval shape, with white and green leaves. It is full of essential vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants which can significantly improve your overall health. Cabbage is rich in vitamin C, potassium and iron, and has been used in folk medicine in Europe for thousands of years. It can help you in cases of blemished, purify your blood and detoxify the liver as well.
Consuming cabbage will make you look younger, but when applied on affected skin areas, it can reduce the inflammation and redness and treat skin problems such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and minor wounds. As we already mentioned, the vegetable contains a lot of vitamin C which can slow down the aging process and keep your skin glowing. Plus, it also contains vitamins A and D which can protect your cells from damage and prevent the deterioration of your skin cells. Furthermore, cabbage is rich in fiber which will boost your digestion and help you lose weight.
Cabbage has many types, each one with its own characteristics.
Green cabbage is the most common type of cabbage. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and can be eaten in a salad or added to soups, stews and various meals.
The purple (red) cabbage is much thicker than the green one and has a tangier taste. Just like the green cabbage, it is full of essential nutrients.
The Savoy cabbage has bigger and darker leaves which are ideal as a wrap for different fillings.
Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage) has an oval shape, green leaves with white veins and is full of essential vitamins and minerals.
In Europe, cabbage was used as a folk remedy against joint pain. Here’s how:
- Red cabbage
- Aluminum foil
Take out the top cabbage layer of leaves and wash it with water well, then let it dry before removing the stem. Now, use a rolling pin on it to let the cabbage juice out, and wrap the leaf in aluminum foil. Warm it up in an oven, then apply it on the painful area and secure with a gauze or bandage. Leave the cabbage to work for at least an hour, and repeat the process 2-3 times a day for best results. If you want a cold compress, put the leaf in the fridge for an hour.