Mustard has a large number of alternative uses, mostly related to health. Herbal medicine is known to stimulate and accelerate blood circulation in the body. This can prevent and alleviate a great host of diseases and symptoms, Beside therapeutic use, it also has useful cosmetic properties: softens hair, treats dry skin and removes odors. So without further a-do, here are 10 surprising uses for mustard!
1. Mustard relieves a sore throat
Mustard can be used as a natural solution to relieve a sore throat. To prepare the solution, mix mustard, lemon juice, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of honey and half a cup of boiling water. Let the solution stand for 10 minutes then gargle it. The effect is supposed to last for a few days, but if the pain returns, prepare another solution.
2. Mustard fights bad odors
Many products are packaged in attractive bottles, jars and boxes, the problem is that in most cases, it is very difficult to remove the odor of the materials previously stored in those containers. In this regard, mustard is a great solution. Pour a little mustard in the dish, add hot water and shake vigorously. Wash the contents of mustard and water, the smell should completely disappear.
3. Mustard relieves chest congestion
Mustard can help prevent the accumulation of mucus in the body. Prepare a compress made of mustard and flour in a 1:3 ratio, add water until you get a mixture, apply it to a cloth and place on the chest for 20 minutes. Another option is to apply the mustard to the ribcage area and lay over it a cloth dipped in hot water. Within a few minutes, you will feel better. If you suffer from sinusitis, apply this method to the forehead.
* Please note, mustard may cause allergic reactions in the skin, so you should first make sure you are not sensitive to it.
4. Use mustard to treat fever and flu
Prepare an infusion of mustard seeds. On low heat, bring a pot of water to a boil, add a teaspoon of mustard seeds and let simmer for 5 minutes. Let the brew cool and then drink it all.
5. Mustard as a cosmetic mask
Besides improving the taste of food, mustard can highlight the beauty of the skin, especially facial skin. Apply a thin layer of mustard to the skin, let it sit a few minutes then rinse well. After washing, your face will feel smooth and fresh. As mentioned, check first that you are not allergic to mustard.
6. Use mustard to calm muscles
Athletes and the elderly tend to suffer often from tense and aching muscles. An effective way to relieve pain is by sprinkling mustard and Epsom salt (magnesium- sulfate salt) in a tub. Mustard enhances the therapeutic effects of Epsom salt, which will help relieve muscle pain.
7. Mustard to relieve tired feet
Usually, after a busy day of running around, we suffer from swollen and painful soles. For relief, make a calming solution in the following way: Mix 2 tablespoons of mustard with warm water in a pot or in a bowl, immerse your feet in the bowl for half an hour, and it should calm the pain and swelling.
8. Mustard treatment for painful knees
For people who suffer from chronic knee pain or seasonal pain, or during physical effort, it is recommended to perform a warm massage with a mixture of olive oil and mustard oil.
9. Mustard to treat back pain
Back pain often limits the movement of the body, but the long ordeal can be reduced with a hot mustard bath. This is good and effective for back pain, muscle aches, arthritis, and sprains. Fill the tub with warm water, add 220 mg of mustard, stir until they mix and then dip in the solution for 20 minutes. The pain will be reduced considerably.
10. Mustard to prevent the growth of weeds in your garden
According to scientists, the materials secreted by white mustard seeds can prevent the growth of weeds on the same ground. Plant a handful of mustard seeds near the plants, or sprinkle the seeds around the garden. The amount of weeds will be significantly reduced, so you can move them easily with bare hands. Please note before you plant: the seeds may harm other plants, so make sure to check first.
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