Already several centuries ago, people knew how tasty and useful mustard was. It was used both in cooking and medicine. The doctors of ancient Greece and Rome believed that mustard oil cured leprosy and its warming properties helped as a remedy for a cold. It is believed that the homeland of mustard is China. This plant-weed was accidentally brought to Europe from Asia with imports of millet and flax.
Mustard oil has gained a special status at the court of Catherine II. The empress considered this spice as exquisite delicacy and ordered it directly from England. Today, mustard and mustard oil are recognized throughout the world not only because of their excellent taste, but also due to their unique healing properties.
Mustard oil is distinguished by a high content of bioactive substances necessary for our organism (vitamins (E, A, D, B3, B6, B4, K, P), polyunsaturated fatty acids (vitamin F), phytosterols, chlorophyll, phytoncides, glycosides, essential oils etc.). Linoleic and linolenoic acids, which are in mustard, are essential fatty acids; they improve the cardiovascular system, normalizes fat metabolism, maintain the optimal hormonal balance, enhance immunity, neutralize the harmful effects of toxins and eliminate toxins, radionuclides and heavy metals.
Antioxidant vitamin A normalizes metabolism, improves eyesight, protects the skin and mucous membranes against lesions, slows down the process of aging and increases immunity.
Fat-soluble vitamin E, which is in mustard oil, is necessary for proper assimilation of vitamins of other groups, normalization of metabolism, energy balance support; it prevents premature aging and destruction of cells. This powerful antioxidant has immunostimulating, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and rejuvenating properties; it reduces cholesterol, prevents blood clots and strengthens the walls of blood vessels and capillaries.
Mustard oil is a source of vitamin D (mustard oil contains1.5 times more this fat-soluble vitamin than sunflower oil). Vitamin D is responsible for the state of bones; it is involved in metabolic processes, improves the function of the thyroid and sex glands, strengthens the gums and teeth and regulates the heart and nervous system. This vitamin is often used for prevention and complex treatment of multiple sclerosis and a number of oncological diseases (leukemia, cancer of ovaries, breast, prostate and brain).
The state of the nervous system, liver, brain, muscle tone of the gastrointestinal tract, skin, eyes and hair depends on vitamin B. Vitamin B6 plays an important role in various metabolic processes (fat, carbohydrate, protein, water and salt processes), regulates cholesterol and sugar levels; it is engaged in the formation of hemoglobin, improves the central and peripheral nervous systems (as a natural antidepressant). This component of mustard oil, also called “female” vitamin, helps to normalize the hormonal balance and has a positive effect on the female reproductive system. Vitamin B3 (PP), which is a component of mustard oil, regulates the function of the brain, nervous and digestive systems and is important in the synthesis of sex hormones. Choline (vitamin B4) is part of lecithin, an important component of brain cells and nerve fibres. It positively affects the nervous system, improves mental ability and is engaged in the human body’s synthesis of phospholipids, substances that prevent fatty liver infiltration.
Mustard oil contains substances (phytoncides, chlorophyll, isothiocyanates, sinigrin, essential mustard oil) that have powerful antibacterial and anticancer properties. Complex components of mustard oil improve the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine and respiratory systems of the human body.
Vitamins, which are components of mustard oil, improve appetite, stimulate the secretion and motility of the gastrointestinal tract and promote digestion.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids stimulate the production of bile and normalize fat metabolism in the liver. Mustard oil is effective in prevention of gallstones and one of the components of the complex treatment of gallstones, fatty liver dystrophy, cholecystitis, hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Mustard oil improves the function of the cardiovascular system. The complex of nutrients (vitamins E, P and F), which are components of the oil, strengthens capillaries, increases the elasticity of blood vessels, normalizes blood pressure. Complex vitamins E, F, B3, B6 and phytosterols protect the body from “bad” cholesterol. Mustard oil is engaged in the synthesis of hemoglobin, so its regular use means an effective prevention of anaemia.
Due to glycoside sinigrin, mustard oil has a warming effect and improves blood circulation in the place of localization of the inflammatory process. Mustard oil has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-tumour and antiedemic action. Mustard oil is a component of many medical ointments and creams for the treatment of gout, arthritis, polyarthritis, lumbago, myositis, rheumatism and radiculitis. Sportsmen often use this oil to relax muscles and ligaments. Mustard oil has antiseptic effect, so it is used to treat different kinds of traumatic lesions of skin.
The complex of vitamins A, E and F in mustard oil is necessary during pregnancy for the adequate development of the embryo, reduction of the risk of complications during childbirth and enhancement of lactation. Mustard oil normalizes female hormones, so it is very useful to use for pains of menstrual or menopausal nature. Being rich in phytosterols, vitamins D and K, mustard oil helps prevent osteoporosis – a menopause severe complication associated with the deficiency of sex hormones in the female body. It is also recommended to add mustard oil to baby food, as this seed oil is a rich source of vitamins B, engaged in the formation of the brain and nervous system of the child, and in vitamins A and D, which are necessary for the adequate development of the child’s body.
Beta-sitosterol, vitamins E, B3 and B6 improve sexual and reproductive functions in both men and women. Phytosterols, Vitamin B6 and polyunsaturated acids normalize the balance of female hormones and minimize the risk of infertility in women, fibrous breast diseases and ovarian diseases. Beta-sitosterol is used for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the male reproductive system as prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer.
Mustard oil promotes active feeding, softening, purification and hydration of the skin, protects against premature aging associated with deficiency of female sex hormones or the negative impact of UV rays. Regular rubbing mustard oil in the hair roots prevents the hair from falling, makes the hair smooth and glossy.
Mustard oil is an effective remedy treatment for various kinds of skin diseases: seborrhea, acneiform rash, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and mycoses.
Mustard oil blends well with greens and fresh vegetables, salads and makes cooked cereals and side dishes dainty. Homemade baked goods with mustard oil are puffy, have a pleasant aroma and a golden colour and retain freshness for a longer time. Pancakes, potatoes or fish fried in mustard oil have a spicy and unique taste.
In case of gout or arthritis, it is useful to massage using a mixture of mustard oil and organic camphor. To make the ointment, use a quarter cup of mustard oil and 500 mg of organic camphor, mix thoroughly and warm over low heat until the camphor dissolves completely.
To remove oedemas, it is recommended to put a mixture of two tablespoons of mustard oil, 3 garlic teeth and half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Mix all ingredients, put on fire and boil until Fenugreek seeds do not turn black.
To relieve seizures of different origins, it is necessary to rub down mustard oil at the place of localization.
When treating a spleen, it is recommended to massage the abdomen within the stomach area with the use of mustard oil.
For the treatment of colds and a running nose one should periodically put several drops of warm mustard oil into the nose, as well as rub mustard oil down into the breast and feet.
Rubbing the back with a mixture of mustard oil and salt until the back becomes red helps improve the state in case of wet cough.
In case of otitis, it is recommended to put 3-4 drops of warm mustard oil into a sore ear.
A mixture of mustard oil and turmeric relieves irritation and moisturizes dry skin. Having a few drops of camphor alcohol added to this mixture, we get a cream that pleasantly cools the skin and relieves itching.
A scalp message with the use of mustard oil stops hair loss and promotes hair growth. In addition, this massage will prevent early greying of hair.
To get rid of dandruff and improve hair condition, make a mustard mask with nettles. For this, take 50g of a dried nettle root, pour it with 100g of mustard oil, stir and let it stay for half an hour in a water bath. Let the obtained mixture stay for two weeks in a cool dark place, then filter it through a strainer or cheesecloth and rub it in hair roots 2-3 times a week.