Making a “cabbage bandage” to harness the inflammation-fighting powers of cabbage leaves is easy. All you need is cabbage (red or green is fine, though red cabbage is more likely to leave behind stains), aluminum foil, a cutting board, a rolling pin (wine bottles and tin cans are great alternatives), gauze, and an oven. Keep reading to learn how to make a cabbage bandage in five easy steps.
Wash your cabbage before cutting away the stem.
Peel off one large leaf and place it on your cutting board. Hit it hard enough to “bruise” it but not so hard that it breaks apart. This step releases the cabbage’s healing “juices.”
Wrap the leaf in aluminum foil and heat in the oven for two to three minutes to soften it. Make sure the leaf is not hot to touch when you remove it from the oven.
Place the cabbage leaf directly on your skin and wrap it in place with gauze. Let the cabbage bandage sit for up to an hour. You can even wear the bandage overnight if it does not irritate your skin.
Repeat steps two through four for each leaf as needed. You may even use skip step three if you don’t have time.