Mustard Benefits

Mustard History

Mustard is mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible five times, and referred to one time,as the greatest herb. The mustard plant has been used since ancient times and is valued for its oil content. Mustard plants are any of several plant species in the genera Brassica and Sinapis. It can be found growing wild in many parts of the world as it is widely cultivated. It is grown in just about every area of North America except the far northern parts, and can grow up to eight feet in height.

There are many varieties of mustard; they all have very pungent flavors. Some medicinal mustard compounds date back to at least 400 B.C. The name is derived from the Latin, mustum. Other names for mustard are white mustard, yellow mustard, pepper grass, and hedge mustard.

Mustard is the second most popular spice traded around the world. Pepper is the first.

Use of Mustard Seed

Mustard helps to stimulate blood flow and is known to improve circulation. It is believed to have strong aphrodisiac powers and has been included in many love potions. Because it is warming to the skin it is often used to relieve sore joints and muscles when used as a mustard plaster.

As early as 1699, it was claimed that mustard seed could strengthen the memory, expel heaviness, and revive the spirits. Mustard seed was recommended in 1653 for toothaches, joint pain, skin problems, and stomach aches. Mustard plasters are used to clear up chest congestion and relieve arthritic and rheumatoid pain and soreness.

Mustard seed is used to strengthen the digestive system as it can stimulate the flow of gastric juices so to aid with digestion and metabolizing fat in the body as well as encouraging a healthy appetite. While it calms the stomach it can also act as a laxative. It has also been used to cure stubborn hiccups.

Since mustard seed is a stimulant it will warm the circulatory system. This can result in dilated blood vessels, plus a warmed system can help burn and metabolize fat in the body. As a warming herb, mustard seed will encourage perspiration that can lower fevers and cleanse the body of toxins. This will help the body fight colds and flu.

Mustard seed extract can be rubbed on the back to relieve back pain and spasms. It will warm the body when rubbed on sore joints and muscles thereby providing relief and loosening tightness.

Mustard seed has been used as an emetic (a substance that promotes vomiting) for centuries. It will allow for the elimination of everything in the stomach without depleting the system.

White mustard seed can be taken as a tea or sprinkled in bath water to help with chest congestion and colds.

The recommended dosage is to take two capsules one time a day with a glass of water early in the day.

Mustard Plasters

Mustard plasters and poultices are tried and true remedies to relieve arthritic joints, sciatica, neck pain, backache, neuralgia, and muscle pain. The mustard plasters work by dilating the blood vessels to promote the increase of blood flow to the surface of the skin. This warms the affected area and removes any toxins from that area. Poultices and plasters are also used to relieve respiratory infections and helps treat chest congestion, pneumonia, bronchitis, and croup.

A mustard plaster is made by using 4 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons dry mustard, and lukewarm water. A paste is made that is easily spread but not too watery.

The most effective way to apply any poultice is to use 100 percent flannel and spread the mixture over on half of the flannel and fold the other half to make a package. Apply the poultice to the chest, cover with a heavy blanket to encourage sweating. Do not apply the mustard plaster directly to the skin as it will burn.

The mustard plaster should be left on for up to 20 minutes. If the skin turns red remove the plaster immediately.

Once it has been removed from the chest, wipe the area thoroughly. Then use the same method to apply to the back. A warm shower will be good after the poultice is removed.

Though modern medicine has mostly replaced the use of mustard plasters, those who use them know that it is a great way to draw respiratory toxins from the body in a natural way. The plasters also work on sore muscles, gout, sore backs, and poor circulation.

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Carlo Bari, Asso. 's avatar  Carlo Bari, Asso. 29/03/2013 11:20

Just watched an old 50's Lassie re run. Timmy ate poisonus black berries in the forest. The doctor came over and said it was called, "Night shade" from the Bella Dona family. He had gramps mix up dry mustard in water and made Timmy drink it? Never heard of this. Is this remedy fact or fiction??

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Smharris54 's avatar  Smharris54 16/07/2012 16:00

Back in the 90's, I was a cook at a truck stop. While cleaning the grill, my hand slipped off the grill brick into very hot grease, from which I received a blister the size of a silver dollar. One kitchen supervisor told me to put regular mustard, the kind you put on hot dogs, on it, which I laughed off. For about an hour I put my hand in ice water, but as soon as I removed it from the water, it started burning really bad. So I decided that I had nothing to lose by trying the mustard, and sure enough, it took the heat out, and by the end of the shift, the blister had all but disappeared! I just put the mustard on a damp rag, and wrapped my hand for about three hours. I was amazed!

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yvette  's avatar  yvette  06/07/2015 03:21

i used a mustard poultice on my hip and within 10 minutes a lot of heat was generated and after leaving it for about 40 minutes had 1st degree burn.. that's ok. next i tried on my knee/shin and managed to get absolutely no heat, same method. can't understand it as i need to draw out some inflammation due to hip arthritis.

Mary 's avatar  Mary 10/03/2015 22:52

I wish I had seen this site before I used a mustard plaster on my chest last night. The directions were to mix 3 T. dry mustard with 3 T. warm water and apply to the chest to relieve congestion, and cover with a cloth, which I did. The directions did not say how long to leave it on. It started to warm and then burn, but I left it on my chest for one hour. After the hour, my chest was extremely red and very burned. It burned all night, worse than any sunburn I ever had. I did not sleep all night due to the extreme pain. In the morning, I could see my skin had blistered. Second degree burns! The directions on this site make more sense, to mix flour with the mustard and water, then spread this between pieces of flannel, not directly on the skin, "as it will burn the skin". That is true!

sarah 's avatar  sarah 10/02/2015 15:06

carlo. fiction. nightshade deadly poisonous.

Guillermo A. Lozano 's avatar  Guillermo A. Lozano 28/02/2012 23:32

I use it as an appetizer and vegetable every meal when available. It makes eaters happy.

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