Why I added plaintain and green cabbage to my daily juice

by | Feb 14, 2013 | Columnists, Featured, High Desert Healing


Super juice


I recently started adding plantain extract and green cabbage to my daily veggie juice for their incredible healing powers on the digestive tract. Herbalists Stephen Buhner and Julie McIntyre both recommend fresh green cabbage juice for digestive issues. I add about 1/4-1/6 of a head of green cabbage, depending on the size. I also found a source of plantain extract from organic or wildcrafted fresh plantain leaf (the herb plantain, or plantago, not the starchy banana-like fruit) since this wonderful medicinal herb does not grow fresh in my high desert environment. Commonly used as a poultice on bug and bee bites, plantain leaves are also very healing to the intestines. So my daily juices are now containing:

Healing Green Juice

celery, 3-4 stalks
cucumber, 1 large cuke with seeds removed (not necessary, but I find they may juicing more difficult)
sunflower sprouts, handful
pea shoots, handful
green cabbage*, 1/4-1/6 head – depending on size
plantain extract 3 dropperfuls, or you can use a few fresh plantain leaves if you have this growing locally
broccoli stalks, 2-4
beet, 1/4 medium sized
carrots, 1-2 depending on sweetness desired
ginger, small piece
garlic, small clove

Super juiceHealing Properties of Ingredients

celery vitamin C, potassium and magnesium
cucumber potassium, vitamin K, and unique anti-oxidants
sunflower sprouts packed with protein, vitamin D, and lecithin (a phospholipid compound that aids in the body’s transport of fats)
pea shoots vitamins A, C and folic acid
green cabbage* contains powerful medicinal compounds that help heal cancer and stomach ulcers
plantain astringent, anti-toxic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine
broccoli stalks calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients
beet rich in folates, B-complex vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium
carrot contains vitamin A, vitamin K, and phytonutrients (like carotenoids and polyacetylenes)
ginger considered an Ayurvedic superfood, known for its antifungal, antibacterial, anti-tumour, anti-ulcerous and pain relieving properties
garlic vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D and E, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron, copper, selenium, protein and enzymes

*Caution: Raw green cabbage contains goitrogens that can affect thyroid function. If you have normal thyroid function and consume adequate amounts of iodine, these compounds will have no effect on your thyroid. Please read more about this before consuming raw cabbage.


  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.

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