Mustard is categorized as a food, medicine, spice, and condiment.
For thousands of years, mustard plants have been utilized for their intense flavor and medicinal properties.
Amazing Mustard & Ancient Uses
Traditional Chinese and folk herbal medicine used it to treat various ailments.
Aryuvdiec medicine utilizes the greens for their warming properties and helpfulness in treating respiratory disorders.
England has long used ground mustard seeds in their bath water to treat aches, help detoxification, produce sleep, and to ward off flu and colds.
Ancient Sanskrit writings dating back 5,000 years ago mentioned Mustard Seeds. The Holy Bible calls mustard “the greatest among the herbs.” (Matthew 13:32)
Mustard seeds, finely ground, with water added, makes a paste (or plaster) that contains many healing properties.
For centuries the Chinese have used mustard seed paste to treat abscesses, bronchitis, colds, rheumatism, toothache, ulcers, and stomach disorders.
Mustard plaster treats chest congestion, asthma, chronic bronchitis, back pain, muscle aches, rheumatism, and arthritis. Furthermore, mustard seeds protect against certain types of cancer (as does making the greens a regular part of your diet).
IMPORTANT: When using a mustard plaster, you must use precautions to protect the skin from direct contact with the paste. The paste can burn or cause blistering. This video provides a complete recipe for the plaster and shows how to apply it to protect the skin.
The leaves of the mustard plant, known as the greens, originated in India’s Himalayan region. There, it has been planted and eaten for more than 5,000 years.
Mustard greens provide a source of valuable nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. They also contain vitamin B6 and folic acid, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
They are an excellent source of phytochemicals, which help prevent cancer.
Mustard greens aid the metabolism to assimilate carbs, fats, and proteins better.
As a natural decongestant, eating these greens can help reduce asthma symptoms, chronic bronchitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Because they contain high calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, the greens help strengthen bones and teeth.
If you would like to try making Mustard Greens with Garlic, you may enjoy this recipe. (It may be worth mentioning these greens have a strong taste, similar to kale. So, please don’t send me hate mail. : )
Eating mustard greens is thought to help those individuals who suffer from asthma conditions to heart disease, to menopausal symptoms.
Use fresh mustard flowers as an edible garnish. Cook flowers for 2-3 minutes in boiling salted water.
Drain and serve with butter and sea salt to taste.
Mustard Detox Bath Recipe
As a warming diaphoretic, mustard makes an amazing detox bath. This detox will open your pores, inducing you to sweat out toxins, promote sound sleep, alleviate aches and pains, while clearing the lungs and sinuses.
The following recipe makes about 2 cups, which can last from 4 to 8 baths.
1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup sea salt
1/3 cup organic mustard seed powder (you can also grind your own whole organic mustard seeds for optimal freshness)
1/4 cup baking soda
15 drops organic lavender essential oil
5 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil
Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
Transfer the dry mixture into an airtight bottle or jar.
Add in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mix to running bathwater.
Start with a 10-minute soak if you have sensitive skin; otherwise, 15 – 20 minutes.
After soaking in the tub, shower off, gently scrubbing any remaining residue from your skin.
Enjoy a restful sleep!
I love the mustard plant and try to incorporate it into my life as often as I can. This plant is versatile and has so many benefits. However, it is still somewhat overlooked as a superfood and powerful medicinal.
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