12 Common Vegetables Which Are Medicines

Everyone knows vegetables are super healthy and we should eat at least 5 a day to get the vitamins and minerals that we need, but did you know that many have medicinal properties even if you don’t eat them? Here are 12 common vegetables that you can easily grow at home, which will be great for eating and help out in the first aid box too!  Yet another good reason to grow your own veggies!

1. Cabbage – A cabbage poultice draws out infection, soothes eczema and itchy skin conditions, encourages healing of bruises and relieves headaches. Chew a cabbage leaf for mouth ulcers. Apply to the breast to relieve mastitis. Cabbage is a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and anti-cancer




2. Asparagus – Drink asparagus water (the water left after steaming the spears) for urinary tract infections, arthritis, and gout. Eat whole asparagus to tone the liver and encourage healing of liver conditions such as hepatitis. Asparagus is a liver tonic, digestive aid, diuretic and anti-inflammatory.




3. Artichokes – Leaves increase bile flow, detoxify and act as a tonic for the liver, lower cholesterol. Artichokes are cholagogues and liver tonics.





4. Corn – An infusion of corn silk (the long strings covering the corn) cleanses the kidneys and urinary tract and is used to treat kidney stones and cystitis. Corn kernels are a remedy for bed-wetting children, inflamed prostrate and cystitis. Use the white inner part of the cob in a bath to soften the water. Corn is diuretic, cleansing and soothing.




5. Onion – A poultice of raw onion will draw out boils, ease respiratory infections, heal bruises and sprains. Raw onion combined with honey relieves cold symptoms. Onions are antibiotic. Eating onion daily can help prevent digestive cancers, reduce nervous debility and reduce cholesterol. Onions are diuretic, antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant and a stimulant.




6. Chili – Use for local pain relief in arthritis, spasms, lumbago and rheumatism. As a digestive for colic and flatulence and for chronic laryngitis. Chili is a topical analgesic, carminative and counter-irritant.





7. Pumpkin – Seeds are used to treat enlarged prostate, irritated bladder, intestinal parasites, especially tapeworm and roundworm. The raw flesh can be applied to wounds and burns. Pumpkins are diuretic, vermifuge and tonic.




8. Horseradish – Eat fresh to clear sinus infections, nasal blockages and reduce PMS. Mix a tiny amount with toothpaste to kill bacteria and heal mouth ulcers. Apply grated horseradish to acne and boils. Horseradish is a stimulant, digestive, diuretic and antiseptic.




9. Celery – Eat the seeds for arthritis and gout, and to aid digestion. A decoction of the seeds stimulates the thyroid gland. Raw celery reduces blood pressure and is a liver tonic. Celery juice suppresses appetite. A poultice of raw celery will ease swollen glands. Celery is a diuretic, digestive, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic and reputed to be an aphrodisiac.




10. Cucumber – Drink juiced cucumber to treat heartburn, gastric ulcers, arthritis, gout, eczema and for a kidney tonic. Dried seeds are used to treat tapeworm. Fresh cucumber reduces eye swelling, soothes sunburn and inflammatory skin conditions. Cucumbers are anti-inflammatory, diuretic, cooling, expectorant, tonic and a vermifuge.




11. Carrot – Juice cleanses the body of toxins, gives a boost after illness, helps treat respiratory infections, regulates menstrual cycle and assists in eye health. Raw grated carrot can be applied to skin wounds and abscesses to encourage healing and reduce infection. Carrot soup is a remedy for diarrhoea. Carrots are ant-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, energizing and a nerve tonic.




12. Potato – Juiced raw potato is used for stomach ulcers and arthritic inflammation. A poultice of grated raw potato can be used to heal bruises and sprains and relieve the pain of a burn. A poultice of warm, cooked potato can be applied to painful joints, and is especially good for tennis elbow. Potato water (the water strained off boiled potatoes with their skins, or just potato skins) is healing for irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, inflammation of the prostrate and reduces high blood pressure. Potatoes are alkaline, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulants.

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