Scientific name: Brassica oleracea
Also known as “colewort”.
Cabbage has been used for many generations as a digestive remedy, joint problems, skin problems, and fevers. It was even used to prevent drunkenness back in the day!
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, C
- Amino acids
- Heals tissues
- Improves acne
- Liver decongestant
- Use externally for arthritic joints, inflammation, wounds, and ulcers
- Use internally for digestive and lung disorders, migraines, fluid retention, and pains
Cabbage is pretty mild and can be used in soups, raw, and one of my new favorites – stir fried with purple onion, olive oil, butter, and a little salt.
- If you have problems like ulcerative colitis, some say it’s better to cook and even over-cook cabbage to help the colon and digestive process.
(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)
- Arthritic, sprained joints, varicose ulcers, wounds: take out central rib of the leaf, beat gently to soften, bind to the area with a bandage. You can also place this leaf in bra cups for mastitis or engorged breasts.
- Colitis: boil 60g leaves in 500 ml water for 1 hour, drink in half cup doses.
- Acne: mix 250g fresh leaves with 250 ml distilled witch hazel, blend. Strain and add 2 drops lemon juice oil. Use twice per day.
Where do you live?
Cabbage is pretty hardy, but prefers cooler weather and can attract a few pests. But if you plan out your season, you can get two crops, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Put em in the ground
- Start seeds inside 6-8 weeks before your area’s last frost
- Prep outdoor soil with aged compost/manure
- Plant outside 2-3 weeks before last frosts, on a cloudy day
- Plant 12-24″ apart, depending on how large you want the cabbage to be
- Put mulch on top
- Don’t plant near broccoli or cauliflower (each takes a lot of nutrients out of the soil)
- Ok to plant near beans and cucumbers
- Fertilize 3 weeks after transplant
- Thin once they reach 5″
- Make sure to rotate the crop each year to minimize soil diseases
- Old tradition says spreading elder leaves will keep pests away; dill can also keep some pests away by attracting the right kind of wasps that kill some of the bad bugs.
- Harvest when the cabbage heads are the desired size and are firm
- Can keep in the fridge for 2 weeks; if you have a good cellar, they may last up to 3 months. Make sure they are dry before storing.