Mustard Oil : A Medicinal Miracle

Muscular Pains

Mustard is a rubefacient which causes reddening and warming of the skin. Its plaster or paste made with water, is applied as analgesic in rheumatism, sciatica, paralysis of limbs and other muscular pains. The plaster should, however, never be directly applied to the skin as it may cause painful blistering. A layer of lint material should be put between the mustard paste and the skin.


Convulsion in Children
A teaspoonful of powdered mustard seeds mixed in a gallon of warm water is used as therapeutic bath in convulsion of children caused by high fever.

Ringworm
Mustard paste as an external application is highly beneficial in the treatment of ringworm. This paste should be applied after washing the skin with sufficiently hot water.

Ear Pain
Just use mustard oil & see how it works! 
1. Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil. Add ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) and one or two flakes  of crushed garlic (lasan). Boil till they turn red. Filter. Use as ear drops.
2. Putting a few drops of ajwain oil in the ear imparts instant relief in earaches.
3.Warm olive oil, vegetable oil, or garlic oil – put several drops of one of these into the ear. 

MAKE SURE THE OIL ISN'T TOO HOT.

Hair Growth
Using mustard oil boiled with Henna leaves helps healthy hair growth. 250 grams of mustard oil is boiled in a pan. Some 50 to 60 grams of Henna leaves added gradually to the oil and heated the oil is then filtered through a cloth and stored in a bottle. Regular massage with this oil produces abundant hair.

Beauty Aid
If you have cracked heels, melt paraffin wax; mix it with little mustard oil and apply on the affected area. Leave it  overnight. After 10 or 15 days, your heels will become smooth.

Treatment of Arthritis and Joint Pains
Medicated oils used for massage are very helpful in relieving stiffness and pain in the joints, whole body massage with sesame or mustard oil helps to reduce the VATA and thus reduce the pain.

Controlling Triglyceride Levels
According to some reports if the content of monounsaturated fatty acid in the diet is slightly increased (10% of the total calories) then it would help to control the increased triglyceride levels. In diabetic patients the effect of monounsaturated fatty acid is seen in a few days only. Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fatty acid. Mustard oil also has sufficient amount of these fatty acids. Other than mustard oil, consumption of almond, cashew nut and walnut in small amounts can be advantageous. However, the daily calorie content should not increase and if the triglyceride level rise instead of lowering, then immediately stop its consumption. Many recent reports state that the consumption of certain cold water fishes (found in polar regions) reduces the triglyceride levels as it has omega-3 fatty acids. Capsules containing this oil is now available in many countries. The ideal sources of omega-3 fatty acid for vegetarians is mustard oil or soyabean oil. Individuals whose triglyceride or cholestrol levels are high should always use mustard or soyabean oil in their diet.

Folk Medicine - Mustard
The seed or its oil is taken both internally or externally, for cancers, growths of the abdomen, spleen, stomach, throat, uterus or wrist indurations. Medicinally, seeds are considered diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, irritant, and stimulant, and are used in poultices for acute local pain, pneumonia, bronchitis, and other diseases of the respiratory organs. The volatile oil is a powerful irritant, rubefacient, and vesicant, used for rheumatic pains and colic. In 1699 John Evelyns Acetaria says of the seedlings of incomparable effect to quicken and revive the spirits, strengthening the memory expelling heaviness besides being an approved antiscorbutic. As a counterirritant, the seeds ground and mixed with vinegar are recommended for rheumatism, yet used internally for digestive disorders. Mustard seed tea has been prescribed as a gargle for sore throat, and it is said to relieve bronchitis and rheumatism (Grieve, 1931). The plant is thought to have emollient and sedative, even narcotic properties (Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk, 1962).

Rapeseed-mustard : more money and better health
Brassica (rapeseed-mustard) is the second most important edible oil seed crop in India after groundnut and accounts for nearly 30% of the total oilseeds produced in the country. When compared to other edible oils, the rapeseed mustard oil has the lowest amount of saturated fatty acids, which are harmful for human health. However, it contains high amount of erucic acid (which may cause cardiac problems) and glucosinolates (sulphur compounds which are harmful for animals who use it as feed). Consequently, despite the high productivity, brassicas have a very limited export market, as the Indian varieties do not match up to the requisite international standards.

At the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), scientists have developed several strains of Brassicas that provide high nutrition to both humans and animals minus the above-mentioned harmful compounds, thereby increasing their value and the prospects for their export. Importantly, these improved mustard strains would provide nutritionally the most superior edible oil among all other oils produced in India.

Heart Disease: You go to the city, you die
A funny thing happens to people living in rural areas of South East Asia when they move to the city—they suddenly become a high-risk group for heart disease. Heart disease is a rarity in the typical village in India, where the daily diet includes 500 g of whole grains, such as wheat, rice, millet, and pulses.  Villagers also use mustard oil, which is rich in n-3 fatty acids.

But once the villager moves to the city, potatoes and refined carbohydrate replace whole grain as a staple of the diet. A research team from Moradabad, India decided to test out the theory that the dietary change was to blame on 1,000 heart patients.  Half were put on a special, Indo-Mediterranean diet, similar to the typical village diet—whole grains, fruits, vegetables, walnuts and almonds, and mustard oil—and the rest were put on a standard “prudent” diet. Those who were put on the village diet suffered far fewer heart problems than those on the conventional preventative diet. So what’s the lesson?  Apart from never leave the village, researchers think the village diet is rich in linolenic acid, and the combination of the different foods seem to work in combination to produce a strong, protective effect.