|Savoy cabbage (isn't it?)|
|Ready for action: |
Olive oil, kitchen towel, cabbage, old bandages to hold cabbage in place, plastic wrap and tape.
|Lanes of cabbage leaves wrapped around my leg, covered |
with plastic wrap to hold it in place and avoid to much mess in bed.
After I took this picture I put some old long-stretch bandages on
to keep everything in place.
For a while I have been wanting to try cabbage poultice to see if it would have any effect on my Lymphedema. Apparently this old household remedy is good for many things, ie various types of swelling, so I thought I'd give it a go.
I measured my leg Saturday morning and again Sunday morning having had the cabbage leaves on for the night, and the measures had gone down a little. Not very much though, and I am thinking that it might not be the cabbage, but the bandages, although I just used some old long-stretch bandages and I didn't do a proper lymphedema wrapping, the wrapping was only meant to hold the cabbage leaves in place. I will try again soon, and again later with another type of cabbage. I think the one I used yesterday was Savoycabbage.
There are different ways of doing a cabbage poultice, I did it with whole leaves that I cut into lanes, but one can also grind the cabbage with water into a think paste and apply to the affected area, though not for a whole night, only an hour or so.