Latin Name: sinapis alba
Alternative Name: pepper grass, hedge mustard, white mustard, yellow mustard
Forms Available: whole, seed
Mustard Seed – sinapis alba – Mustard seed is used to treat colds, stomach problems, abscesses, rheumatism, lumbago, and ulcers. It is rubefacient, irritant, stimulant, diuretic, emetic, pungent, laxative, digestive. This well known spice has its use in medicine as a stimulating external application. The rubefacient action causes a mild irritation to the skin, stimulating the circulation in that area and relieving muscular and skeletal pain. Its stimulating, diaphoretic action can be utilized in the way that Cayenne and Ginger are. For feverishness, colds, and influenza, mustard may be taken as a tea or ground and sprinkled into a bath. The stimulation of circulation will aid chilblains as well as the conditions already mentioned. An infusion or poultice of mustard will aid in cases of bronchitis. Poultice: Mustard is most commonly used as a poultice which can be made by mixing 4 ounces of ground mustard seeds with warm water, i.e. at about 45 degrees C, to form a thick paste. This is spread on a piece of cloth the size of the body area that is to be covered. To stop the paste sticking to the skin, lay a dampened gauze on the skin. Apply the cloth and remove after l minute. The skin may be reddened by this treatment which can be eased by applying olive oil afterward. Due to possible redness, should not be applied to children or the elderly. Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l teaspoonful of mustard flour and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. This may be drunk three times a day.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Mustard seed is used to treat colds, stomach problems, abscesses, rheumatism, lumbago, and ulcers. It is rubefacient, irritant, stimulant, diuretic, emetic, pungent, laxative, digestive.
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