Chances are, the only time you shop for cabbage is when you’re about to cook something savory. But have you ever heard that cabbage makes an effective and (obviously) inexpensive chest pain reliever? It’s true. Just ask actress Amanda Peet. She gave birth to her third child in December and faced painful chest engorgement issues related to breast feeding that were miraculously relieved when she applied cabbage leaves to painful areas.
We get your skepticism. Stuff cabbage leaves into a bra to relieve chest pain? Sounds bizarre; but if you’ve ever experienced this extreme discomfort, you know that no solution sounds too odd if it has the potential to do the job!
This cabbage miracle isn’t new. It’s been around since fields were tilled. Cabbage is loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits and if you had no clue cabbage is as effective on the skin as in your stomach, welcome to the world of natural pain relief.
Even the internationally-lauded LaLeche League recommends treating engorged breasts with cabbage leaves, so you don’t have to take the word of Amanda Peet alone.
If you’re a newcomer to the world of breast feeding, you may not know that engorgement can happen at any time during the nursing phase. It’s no fault of yours, so stow the guilt, please. You do your best to nurse frequently so it doesn’t happen, but we don’t have to tell you that life doesn’t always go according to plan, right?