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Other Names: Mustard, Mustard Leaves, Mustard Seed, Brown Mustard, White Mustard, Black Mustard, Sarson, Brassica Hirta, Brassica Nigra
Traditional Uses: Food, Mustard Plasters used to Treat Chest Congestion, Antiseptic Rub, Stimulate Appetite, Colds, Coughs, Bronchitis, Gout, Rheumatism, Anorexia, Menstrual Disorders, Lethargy, Gargle for Sore Throats, Hairloss, Aids Digestion, Foot Baths for Poor Circulation, Chilblains and Upper Respiratory Mucus, Pneumonia,
Resources: Southern Europe, India, China, South Siberia, Turkey, North Africa, England, Germany Italy and Holland
Parts Used: Flower, Seeds, Extracted Oils
Administration Method: The most familiar uses of mustard, as a medicine, are external applications of poultices, plasters, and liniments. Ground or powdered seeds for poultices. The poultices are applied for 5 - 10 minutes to children, 10 - 15 minutes to adults. Just prior to application, mix 4 tablespoons of powdered seeds with warm water for a poultice.
Herb Action: Anti-rheumatic, cardiopulmonary stimulant, hyperemic (increases blood flow), antseptic,
Health Warnng: Avoid during Pregnancy and breastfeeding. Since mustard oils are absorbed by the skin, these preparations should not be used when kidney disorders exist. Prolonged application may result in skin and nerve damage.
Use of the mustard should be avoided by those with gastrointestinal ulcers or inflammatory kidney diseases.
Herbal Research: Mustard
Mustard - Home remedy for Acid Reflux: Take one teaspoon of good quality yellow mustard. It is an alkalizing food full of minerals and helps to neutralize the acid coming up the throat. Take the mustard on its own without anything else.
Mustard – Home remedy for Bee Sting: Put mustard on the affected area and it will help in just a few minutes.
Mustard - Home remedy for Pneumonia: Apply a mustard plaster to your chest twice a week. A mustard plaster is made by mixing 2 tablespoons of mustard powder, 2 eggs, 6 tablespoons of wheat flour and a cup of water into a paste. Apply liberally to your chest and let it sit for 20-minutes or until you skin flushes to a light pink colour.
Health Warning: Do not use the mustard plaster if you are allergic to mustard, egg or wheat flour.
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