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Mustard Seeds

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,
Herbal Research: Mustard
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.


Mustard Seeds - Herbal remedy for Hiccup:  To get rid of your hiccups, combine half a teaspoon of mustard seeds with half a teaspoon of pure ghee. Ghee is clarified butter that is frequently used in Indian cooking, available in health food stores and ethnic markets. Swallow the mustard seed and ghee mixture to treat hiccups.

Mustard Seeds - Herbal remedy for Ringworm: Grind one tablespoon of mustard seeds with a little water into a paste. Apply paste on affected area. Apply twice daily until there is improvement.

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