DIY - Faith In The Mustard Seed

When we hear the word mustard, we tend to think of its use as the condiment. Mustard, through the years, has been proven to have many other uses. We present ...

DIY  - Faith In The Mustard Seed

When we hear the word mustard, we tend to think of its use as the condiment. Mustard, through the years, has been proven to have many other useful functions. We present a few of these functions below.

1. Soothe Joint Pain

The mustard seed is a herb that can provide some relief from joint pain. Here’s how you can maximize its benefits. Make a plaster with warm mustard seed oil and apply it to your aching joints.

The heat this salve produces may help improve blood flow to the area and provide you with some pain relief. Mustard plasters are sold at local pharmacies and if you wish you can follow our tutorial below to make your own. 

2. Relieve Congestion

When you’re battling a cold or other respiratory condition, your lungs often get congested with mucus that’s difficult to cough up.  Forceful coughing can irritate the sensitive lining of your respiratory tract; your chest and stomach hurt with the effort; it’s hard to breathe, impossible to relax. Regardless of the discomfort, you have to expel the trapped mucus to prevent an infection from developing in the lungs.

Applying a mustard pack over the lungs helps open the airways and makes it easier to cough and release phlegm. 

3. Make a facial mask

Did you know you can make a facial mask with mustard? While it does sound a bit messy, mustard will firm the skin and unclog pores. The seeds of the mustard plant are a great source of vitamin E, which protects the skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals. And there is a free bonus as well, the turmeric in the mustard prevents and treats acne!

Here is how to prepare a mustard pack.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. Mustard Seed Powder

4 Tbsp. flour

A drizzle of olive or coconut oil

A cotton cloth (muslin cloth)

A warm, wet washcloth

Directions

  1. Finely ground the mustard seed.

    The mustard seed powder must be finely grounded. If yours is lumpy, place in a mortar and pestle and grind until fine.

  2. Make a paste.

    Add flour to the mustard powder and drizzle in a little water to make a paste. The paste should not be thick or watery.

  3. Sterilize your cotton cloth.

    Sterilize the cloth by boiling it in water. Squeeze out excess water and place on a clean cutting board.
     

  4. Add the mustard to the cotton cloth.

    Spread a thin layer of the mustard paste on the cloth

  5. Apply the mustard pack

    Apply a thick coat of the coconut oil and then place the mustard pack on the affected area. Cover with a warm wet cloth.
     

  6. Remove the pack.

    Leave in place for 15 minutes, then remove the pack and wash the area with warm water.

Make a mustard facial mask

Ingredients

1  Tbsp of mustard

1 tsp of lemon juice

1 Tbsp of olive oil extra vinegar

Directions

Mix the substance for 20 seconds or so and apply it on your face. Let it chill on your face for 5 minutes and then wash it off gently with warm water. Wait for another 10 minutes before applying any skin cream on your face.

Note: ALWAYS test it on your skin first (on your elbow for instance) for 10 minutes before applying it on your face. Let the lemon out if you have open acne or other open wounds!