Mustard has a large number of alternative uses, mostly related to health. Herbal medicine is known to stimulate and accelerate blood circulation in the body. This can prevent and alleviate a great host of diseases and symptoms, Beside therapeutic use, it also has useful cosmetic properties: Soften hair, treat dry skin and remove odors. So without further a-do, here are 10 surprising uses for mustard!
Mustard can be used as a natural solution to relieve a sore throat. For the preparation of the solution, mix mustard, lemon juice, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of boiling water. Let the solution stand for 10 minutes then gurgle it. The effect is supposed to last for a few days, but if the pain returns, prepare another solution.
Many products are packaged in attractive bottles, jars and boxes, the problem is that in most cases, it is very difficult to remove the odor of the materials previously stored in those tools. In this regard, mustard is a great solution. Pour a little mustard in the dish, add hot water and shake vigorously. Wash the contents of mustard and water, the smell should completely disappear.
Mustard can help prevent the accumulation of mucus in the body. Prepare a compress made of mustard and flour in a ratio of 1:3, add water until you get a mixture, apply it to a cloth and place on the chest for 20 minutes. Another option is to apply the mustard to the ribcage area and lay over it a cloth dipped in hot water. Within a few minutes you will feel better. If you suffer from sinusitis, apply this method to the forehead.
* Please note, mustard may cause allergic reactions in the skin, so you should first make sure you are not sensitive to it.
Prepare an infusion of mustard seeds. On low heat, cook in a pot of boiling water, and a teaspoon of mustard seeds for about five minutes. Let the brew cool and then drink it all.
Besides improving the taste of food, mustard can highlight the beauty of the skin, especially facial skin. Apply a thin layer of mustard on the skin, let it sit a few minutes then rinse well. After washing, the face will feel smooth and fresh. As mentioned, check first that you are not allergic to mustard.
6. Use mustard to calm muscles
Athletes and the elderly tend to suffer often from tense and aching muscles. An effective way to relieve pain is by sprinkling mustard and Epsom salt (magnesium- sulfate salt) in a tub. Mustard enhances the therapeutic effects of Epsom salt, which will help relieve muscle pain.
Usually, after a busy day of running around, we suffer from the swollen and painful soles. For relief, make a calming solution in the following way: Mix 2 tablespoons of mustard with warm water in a pot or in a bowl, immerse your feet in the bowl for half an hour, and it should calm the pain and swelling.
For people who suffer from chronic knee pain or seasonal pain, or during physical effort, it is recommended to perform a warm massage with a mixture of olive oil and mustard oil.
Back pain often limits the movement of the body, but the long ordeal can be reduced with a hot mustard bath. This is good and effective for back pain, muscle aches, arthritis, and sprains. Fill the tub with warm water, add 220 mg of mustard, stir until they mix and then dip in the solution for 20 minutes. The pain will be reduced considerably.
According to scientists, the materials secreted by white mustard seeds can prevent the growth of weeds on the same ground. Plant a handful of mustard seeds near the plants, or sprinkle the seeds around the garden. The amount of weeds will be significantly reduced, so you can move them easily with bare hands. Please note before you plant: the seeds may harm other plants, so make sure to check first.