While we are used to using mustard on hotdogs and hamburgers, it turns out there are actual medicinal uses for America’s favorite condiment. Everything from soothing your sore throat to potentially preventing cancer! Turns out that the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that mustard contains can have strong benefits towards better health.
Mustard actually goes back to ancient Roman times. They were introduced to it by Egyptians. Unfermented wine and mustard seed were the first version of what they originally called “must”.
Check these amazing uses mustard has:
Got leg cramps? One tablespoon of yellow mustard rubbed on the cramp and you should experience relief while preventing them from coming back!
First run cool water over your burn, then cover it with a layer of mustard. This prevents blisters from forming and dulls the pain as well as it contains allyl isothiocyanate. This serves as a counter-irritant which leads to soothing relief.
Ease A Sore Throat
Mix 1 tablespoon of mustard seed, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon clear honey, and 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Now you want to let this mix sit a few minutes. Allow to cool, and then gargle to soothe your sore throat. Once again, allyl isothiocyanate, is working soothe the pain.
Again, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) is being found by researchers to be a cancer fighter. A published study in the science journal Carcinogenesis, found AITC actually inhibits cancer growth! This is especially true with bladder cancer. Some researchers have hopes that this compound could cure cancer altogether!
Relax Tired Muscles
If you have sore muscles, give mustard a try. You can try a mustard bath for aches and pains all over the body. Mix 2 tablespoons of mustard with 1 tablespoon of epsom salts. The epsom salts will be amplified with the inclusion of mustard. If you want to target an area like the lower back, then you can create a paste and apply directly to the area. Mix together one part mustard seed to two parts flour. Then add water until you get a thick paste. Smooth it onto one side of a cheesecloth. Then fold and place it on the area. Now secure it with a bandage for 20-30 minutes.
Deep Condition Your Hair
Yes, even your hair can benefit from mustard as a conditioner! Use mustard oil to work through your hair. About a palm sized amount should work and then you leave it on for 8 hours. After that, you should have very silky hair!
Protect Your Garden
Rubbing mustard on a tin plate and hanging at the corner of a garden bed can actually deter critters from getting in your garden. Turns out the mustard is like the scent of sweaty farm workers to some animals, thus it keeps those animals, especially deer, away. Usually a mustard plate per garden will do the trick!
Erase Unwanted Scents
Lingering scents are annoying, especially in your favorite tumbler or bottle. Use hot water and mustard powder and shake around in the bottle then rinse out and the scent will be gone! You can use this for meal containers, pots, pans and whatever else you use to put food in.
A mustard face mask can do wonders as it’s packed with vitamin E which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and can aid in glowing skin. Rub a small amount on and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse. Also can be used for dark spots.
A Natural Decongestant
Apply to skin and you have instant relief from colds! Rub some on your chest with a damp, hot cloth on top of it and your airways will be cleared.
Even if you are a ketchup guy or girl, you will still want to implement some of these mustard therapies. Really beneficial to a more healthy lifestyle and an instant therapeutic aid to many different ailments.
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