Mustard Oil: Grandma’s Magical Solution for A Healthy Beautiful You!
For ages Grandma’s kitchen recipes have remained an all time favourite. So, are her time-tested remedies with natural substances taken from Mother Earth used for therapeutic uses as well as for enhancing beauty. One such unbeatable remedy, especially in the Indian subcontinent, is the mustard oil, extracted from mustard seeds with its characteristic strong pungent smell and bitter taste. In this article let us explore the various aspects of Mustard oil and justify its credibility for remaining Grandmas Magical solution for health and beauty.
A fatty vegetable oil obtained from pressing the mustard seeds, Mustard Oil is used for cooking in some parts of India such as Gujarat, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Orissa, and Haryana. In the Indian community the usage of mustard oil on the hair, skin and body, dates back to nearly 4,000 years ago. Since the time of ancient Greece and Rome Mustard oil, is medically acclaimed beneficial for skin, hair and health.
Benefits of Mustard Oil
Mustard oil with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, is said to be rich in beta carotene, protein, vitamins A vitamin B complex E, alpha omega-3 and alpha omega-6 fatty acids, iron, niacin, manganese, traces of magnesium, supported by less important amounts of foliate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.
Mustard Oil for Health
According to Indian History, the art and science of Ayurvedic healing, with the use of mustard oil, dates back to the early centuries.
A powerful stimulant, Mustard oil stimulates digestion, circulation and excretory system. The oil facilitates digestion due to the effective stimulation and secretion of gastric juices and bile from spleen and liver. Massaging the oil externally promotes circulatory health by stimulating blood circulation. The oil stimulates the sweat glands thereby lowering body temperature.
Mustard oil acts as an irritant, stimulating sensation in senseless organs and muscles, besides being useful for strengthening muscles.
Being a natural stimulant and irritant, Mustard oil acts as an appetizer increasing hunger. This is because the oil by irritating the intestinal lining, stimulates the digestive juices. Therefore, it is customary to give this oil to patients who cannot eat properly.
Mustard Oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Mustard oil rich in glucosinolate does not allow or support microbial presence. It is therefore used for preventing unwanted growth of bacteria, fungi and other deadly microbes. Taken internally, the oil fights bacterial infections in the urinary tract, colon, the digestive and excretory systems. Applied externally it can treat bacterial infections on skin. Due to its antibacterial properties the oil is effective for treating coughs and colds.
The oil also has anti-fungal properties. The allyl isothiocyanate substance in the oil serves as an inhibitor of fungal growth. Hence, it is very effective in treating skin infections caused by both bacteria and fungi.
Glucosinolate, a substance found in mustard oil is recognized for its anti carcinogenic properties and is extremely vital in preventing the formation of cancerous tumours.
Mustard oil contains several compounds that apart from stimulating blood flow relieve pain and inflammation. Hence, for centuries traditional medical practitioners use the oil. With trace amounts of selenium known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Mustard oil is good for pain in joint, skin inflammation, and heals minor skin lacerations, cuts, and wounds. It tones up the systems, boosts immunity and gives strength. It also has anti-arthritic and anti-rheumatic properties. Warm two tablespoons of the oil, add three to four garlic cloves and heat until they darken in colour. Cool and rub on sore joints to reduce inflammation. This oil provides immense relief from arthritic pain. Nevertheless, if a mild tingling and burning sensation is observed when mustard oil is applied on skin that is too uncomfortable and unbearable, it is time to stop using the oil and if possible consult a doctor as well. Appearance of rashes indicates that mustard oil is not the right option. Hence it is advisable to discontinue using the oil immediately. In addition, people who are naturally allergic to mustard seeds should avoid using mustard oil topically or otherwise.
Taken internally or applied externally, the oil stimulates the sweat glands besides opening the pores of the skin. This helps reduce body temperature and remove unwanted toxins, water and excess salts from the body.
Mustard oil is a rich source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (PUFA and MUFA respectively). It is also rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These acids help decrease the incidences of cardiovascular diseases by increasing the presence of good cholesterol or HDL and decreasing the presence of bad cholesterol or LDL. (Know about good and bad cholesterol) However, it is important to allow the oil to reach its smoking point before adding anything into the cooking vessel. Smoking helps neutralize certain harmful substances and allows the strong aroma and smell to escape. Being a vegetable oil, this can be a safe alternative for saturated oils like butter, cheese, etc.
This oil serves as an all-rounder tonic for the health. It tones up all the systems operating in the body, gives strength and boosts up immunity.
During an attack of asthma instead of the usual vapour rubs, massage brown mustard oil on chest. Breathing in the vapour will help increase airflow to the lungs. Alternatively, mix one teaspoon of sugar with one teaspoon of brown mustard oil. Have a spoonful several times a day. On the other hand, combine one teaspoon each of the oil and honey and swallow a spoonful of the mixture at least three times a day on an empty stomach. This helps control asthma and proves effective. (Read more home remedies for asthma)
The magnesium in mustard helps clear the congestion in the chest and nose. One teaspoon of mustard oil mixed with one teaspoon of camphor massaged on the chest clears phlegm. Lie on the back and permit the vapours to get to the lungs. In addition, for a mustard oil steam treatment…To a pot of boiling water, add a few spoonfuls of mustard oil and caraway seeds. Inhaling this steam helps dilate the bronchial tubes. By warming up the respiratory system, it protects against the formation and build-up of phlegm.
Refrain from using mustard oil for cooking as well as for external purposes if there is any allergic reaction on skin such as swelling, extreme irritation, or rashes. Under such circumstances stop using mustard oil immediately and consult a doctor.