Mustard Seed (Yellow) - Powder

Herbs: Mustard Seed (Yellow) - Powder, Organic

Origin: India

Mustard seeds are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as a good source of iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and dietary fiber. The mustard plaster (powder & cold water) is a time-honored remedy for the congested chest. Mustard is a rubefacient, which causes the skin to feel warm, and opens the lungs to make breathing easier. The plaster should, however, never be applied directly to the skin as it may cause painful blistering. A layer of lint (or thin) material should be put between the mustard paste and the skin and the poultice should be removed as soon as it becomes uncomfortable. The same plaster has also been used to relieve arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, paralysis of limbs and other muscular pains.


Excerpts from The How To Herb Book

Mustard Plasters

For children and babies, can be left on overnight without burning. However, any age can use it.

1. 1 Tbsp. Ginger, 1 Tbsp. Dry mustard, 1 Tbsp. Turpentine, 1 Tbsp. Salt, 3 Tbsp. Lard or shortening. Mix together. Spread in a soft cloth and apply to chest.

2. 1 Tbsp. Dry mustard, 4 Tbsp. Flour, 1 egg. Mix with water and leave until skin is pink.

3. 10 level Tbsp. Flour, 1 level Tbsp. Dry mustard. Mix with water. Leave on for about 15 minutes or until skin is pink.

Note: For 2 and 3 put Vaseline on chest before applying pack.


From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • This is not like the Mustard powder you may find on a spice rack in a supermarket. This is much fresher and more effective.
  • Like most spices, it is potent and a little goes a long way.
  • We use it in very small amounts in tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies.
  • Mustard powder is a food and spice. Thus, we keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, stir fry, vegetables, etc.) to enhance the flavor and add nutritional value to our foods.
  • Mustard can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most spices, Mustard seed powder should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

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