Mustard, known for enhancing the flavor of a variety of Indian dishes is quite a popular condiment. Given its ability to turn simple dishes into tasty delights, mustard is one of the most common items found in the cupboard. But it doesn’t only enhance flavours of food, it can give relief from a number of ailments.
Sore throat – Mix 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon black mustard powder, juice of ½ fresh lemon and 1 cup of boiling water. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly, and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Gargle with the warm mixture to get relief from the discomfort.
Arthritic Spain – Mix ½ cup of black mustard powder with warm water to create a smooth paste. Spread the paste onto a clean towel and fold. Lay the folded towel across affected areas for up to 10 minutes.
Chest congestion – Take ¼ teaspoon of black mustard powder and mix it with warm water to form a paste. Consume this paste after adding ½ teaspoon of honey in it.
Constipation – Mix 4 cups of water and 2 cups of honey. Next, add 1 tablespoon of white mustard powder in it. Consume 1 tablespoon of this mixture daily to relieve constipation.
Ring worm – Take ½ teaspoon of black mustard powder and mix it with some water to form a paste and apply it on the affected areas of the skin. Apply this paste three to four times in a day and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Boils – Mix 2 teaspoons of mustard powder and 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1 cup of boiling water. Let the solution cool and remove the layer formed on its surface. Finally, apply this medicine on the affected areas to cure boils on skin.
Hiccups – Sipping a cup of warm water mixed with 2 teaspoons of black mustard powder helps control hiccups.
Pimples – Roast a handful of mustard seeds in 1 liter of coconut oil. Cool and strain out the oil to store it in a bottle. Apply it on face every day to lighten skin color and get rid of pimples.
Indigestion – Mix ½ teaspoon of black mustard powder in a cup of yogurt and consume it after meal. In addition, drink a glass of buttermilk after the yogurt to cure piles.
Gout – Make a mustard plaster and apply to the achy joint. Mix 1 part mustard powder to 1 part whole wheat flour and add enough water to form a thick paste. Slather petroleum jelly on the affected area. Spread a thick coat of mustard paste on a piece of gauze or cloth and apply over the greased-up area. Tape down and leave in place for several hours or overnight.
Bleeding gums – Take ½ tablespoon of mustard oil and add a pinch of Sendha Namak or regular salt and massage your teeth and gums daily.
Weak teeth – Mix honey and mustard oil in equal quantity and massage your teeth and gums before brushing your teeth with a regular paste. This will make teeth stronger.