Mustard, the simple condiment we use to top our hot dogs and hamburgers, has so much more to it than just being part of our summer cook-outs. The bright yellow topping holds great value for your health, too. The zesty spice has been cultivated around the world for centuries. In the past, it has been used a healing herb by the Chinese, Greeks, and in Ayurvedic medicine.
The seeds are where the most valuable aspects of mustard lie. By crushing them and mixing them with a liquid, many of its healing properties are activated, including its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral abilities.
Mustard can aid in digestion, ease an upset stomach, and be effective as a laxative, making it especially beneficial to have around during our warm-weather picnics. It can also increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, which can relieve some symptoms of rheumatism, sciatica, and muscles aches and pains. There are also cases where mustard has been used to treat chest colds, coughing, and hiccups.
It is important to keep in mind, when using mustard, that it can be quite powerful. There is the possibility of skin irritation and inflammation, thus it should not be applied as an undiluted oil directly to the skin nor should it be left on for more than 10 minutes.
This summer, as you top your favorite dishes with mustard, make sure to keep in mind all the many ways this zesty spice can improve your own and your friends’ and family members’ health!