Benefits of Mustard Oil for Hair & Skin


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Mustard Oil for Hair & Skin (Image credit: bdspn / 123RF)

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. This article covers the benefits of mustard oil for hair and skin. To check its health benefits, read this article


Benefits of Mustard Oil for Hair

Mustard Oil for Lustrous locks

Hair MassageLoaded with vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium and beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A, Mustard oil stimulates hair growth. Rich in fatty acids that help nourish the roots of the hair, iron, calcium and some amount of magnesium, the oil conditions the hair. Long-term use leads to prevention of hair fall and strengthening of hair. (Read more home remedies for hair growth)


Mustard Oil for Hair Loss

To treat hair loss, boil the mustard oil and add some henna leaves. Allow the leaves to burn in oil. Then cool the mixture and filter it with a thin cloth or fine strainer. Use this concoction to massage hair every day.


Benefits of Mustard Oil for Skin

Mustard Oil for Glowing Skin

Glowing SkinLong for that radiant splendour on the face?  Then mix equal amounts of turmeric powdersaffronsandalwood, Bengal gram and powdered mustard seeds in mustard oil to form a thick paste. Apply this all over the body and leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then scrub it off in the shower. Doing this regularly, will not only keep skin supple and glowing but also keep it safe from infections.


In addition, Mix mustard oil with Bengal gram flour, curd and few drops of lemon juice.  Apply this on the face as a mask and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.  Do this twice or thrice a week to remove tan, dark spots and get a naturally glowing skin.


For a smooth facial skin apply mustard oil mixed with coconut oil on the face, slightly massage the area in circles, wait for 5 – 6 minutes, and then gently wipe face with a smooth and wet cotton cloth.  Do not rub and most importantly do not be exposed to sun.


Mustard Oil for Acne/Pimples

To treat acne, mix turmeric powder with a few drops of mustard oil and lemon juice. Apply this paste on pimples, leave on for 15 minutes, and then scrub gently. Wash off with plain water. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep persistent spots at bay.


For effective treatment of pimples roast a handful of mustard seeds in a litre of coconut oil let it get cool down and strain this mixture. Start applying on the face to get rid of pimples and lighten skin colour. (Read more tips to get rid of pimples naturally)


Soft Lips

For soft, smooth lips, put a drop of mustard oil on the belly button before going to bed.


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.

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