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Mustard: Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

By NS Desk | Herbs | Posted on :   21-Dec-2020

Mustard oil is made from the seeds of the mustard plant. It is widely known as sarso is tel and has a pungent flavor and strong aroma. It is famous for its minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. Mustard oil is considered one of the healthiest oils.
 
Due to the presence of vitamins and fatty acids in mustard oil, it is quite helpful for hair. It promotes hair growth and provides deep conditioning to the hair. Due to antioxidants and anti-aging properties in mustard oil, it can help prevent cell damage and provide healthy and glowing skin. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help prevent skin disorders. 
 
According to the Ayurvedic view, mustard oil can help to prevent indigestion due to its ushna property. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to prevent heart diseases. It can also help in losing weight faster as it improves the metabolism rate.
 
Forms of mustard oil in Ayurveda along with recommended dosage
If you have not consulted any doctor regarding the dosage of mustard oil, then you can follow the dosages that are given below:
• Mustard oil – Use about 5 to 10 ml or according to your requirement.
 
However, if you have consulted any doctor regarding mustard oil consumption, then we advise you .to follow that prescription strictly
 
Ayurvedic care with the help of mustard oil
 
1. Mustard oil in cooking
You can use mustard oil for your cooking. You can use 2 to 4 teaspoons or according to your requirement.
 
2. Mustard oil for scalp
You can use mustard oil for massaging your scalp. This will help to prevent dandruff.
 
3. Mustard oil for body
a. Take some coconut oil.
b. Add a few drops of mustard oil to it.
c. Apply it evenly on your body.
 
4. Mustard oil for cold
a. Take some mustard oil.
b. Add some camphor to it.
c. Apply it gently over your chest.
d. This will help to prevent blockage in air passages and provides easy breathing.
 
5. Mustard oil steam
a. Take some water in a steamer.
b. Add a few drops of mustard oil to it.
c. Inhale this steam to prevent cold.
 
6. Mustard oil for blockage
a. Take some mustard oil.
b. Apply it to your nostrils.
c. This will help to prevent blockage and dryness in the nose.
 
Precautionary guide while using mustard oil
Although mustard oil is blessed with thousands of magical benefits, however, there are certain precautions that you must consider while consuming mustard oil.
Some of the precautions are given below:
• Overconsumption of mustard oil
It is advised to consume mustard oil in a limited amount since overconsumption of mustard oil can cause certain gastrointestinal and digestive disorders.
 
• Continuous and overconsumption of mustard oil can also be responsible for thyroid problems and causes hyperthyroidism.
 
• Breastfeeding
Since sufficient evidence is not available regarding the role of mustard oil during breastfeeding; thus, it is advised to avoid using mustard oil or consult a doctor before using mustard oil at the time of breastfeeding.
 
• Pregnancy 
Since sufficient evidence is not available regarding mustard oil's role during pregnancy; thus, it is advised to avoid using mustard oil or consult a doctor before using mustard oil at the time of pregnancy.
 
• Heart patients 
It is advised to consult a doctor before consuming mustard oil in case of heart patients.
 
• Diabetic patients 
It is advised to consult a doctor before consuming mustard oil in case of heart patients.
 
• Allergy 
People who are allergic to mustard oil should avoid using mustard oil externally also or consult a doctor before using mustard oil.
 
FAQ's about mustard oil
 
Q How much time do we need to put mustard oil in our hair?
A It takes about 2 to 4 hours for mustard oil to get properly absorbed in the scalp. Therefore, you need to apply mustard oil at least 4 hours beforeshampooing your hair. 
 
Q Is it safe to use mustard oil on your face?
A Yes, you can massage mustard oil on your face by mixing it with your face pack of scrub to prevent dullness and tan of the skin. 
 
Q Is olive oil better than mustard oil?
A Olive oil and mustard oil both are nutritious oil. They are quite beneficial for the body because of the presence of unsaturated fatty acids. However, olive oil is more expensive than mustard oil. Thus, mustard oil is a nutritious oil at an affordable price.
 
Q Is it safe to mix castor oil with mustard oil? 
A Yes, it is safe to mix castor oil with mustard oil. This mixture can help promote hair growth since both the oils are good for the scalp and help nourish the hair.  
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
A Due to the presence of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in mustard oil, it can help to manage PCOS. It facilitates thepositive growth of ovarian tissues.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for weight loss?
A Yes, due to the presence ofalow amount of saturated acids and mono and polyunsaturated acids in mustard oil, it can improve metabolism rate and prevent obesity. This is because it helps in lowering the levels of triglycerides in the body.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for heart diseases?
A Yes, due to the presence of a low amount of saturated acids and mono and polyunsaturated acids in mustard oil, it can help to reduce the levels of triglycerides and prevent the risk of heart diseases. It can also lower the level of cholesterol in the body and prevents heart disorders.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for diabetes?
A Yes, due to omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in mustard oil, it can lower blood sugar levels and prevent damage to pancreatic cells that help increase the secretion of insulin. Thus, mustard oil can help to manage diabetes.
 
Q Which oil should be chosen for Indian cooking – olive oil or mustard oil?
A Mustard oil and olive oil both the oils are quite nutritious and beneficial for the human body. However, for cooking, the type of food can play an important role in choosing the oil. Since Indian cooking requires frying and sauteing, olive oil is not a good idea for it. Olive oil has a low boiling temperature, and it can get converted to trans fat (unhealthy fat). This is because it reaches the saturation temperature very fast. Therefore, mustard oil can be used for it. Olive oil is suitable for dressing or dips since mustard oil has a strong aroma and pungent taste.
 
Q Is it safe to mix coconut oil with mustard oil?
A Yes, it is safe to mix coconut oil with mustard oil. Mix some coconut oil and mustard oil in a small bowl. Then massage your face in the upward direction using this oil. Massage until the skin absorbs the oil, and it feels hydrated and supple. This remedy can help to improve the circulation of the skin prevents dullness and tan of the skin. It can help to prevent acne and pimples too.
 
Q Can mustard oil cause inflammation to the skin?
A Yes, mustard oil can cause inflammation in certain people. Therefore, it is advised to consult a doctor before applying mustard oil if people are allergic to mustard oil.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for acne?
A Yes, due to mustard oil's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can help prevent acne and pimples.
Mustard oil for acne
• Take 1 teaspoon of mustard oil in a small bowl.
• Add a pinch of turmeric powder to it.
• Then add about 2 teaspoons of yogurt to it.
• Mix it well.
• Apply it to the affected area.
• Then wash it with lukewarm water.
• Use this remedy regularly for better results.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for astuffy nose?
A Yes, due to the presence of anti-inflammatoryproperties in mustard oil, it can prevent blockage in the nasal passagesand facilitate easy breathing.
You can put 2 to 3 drops of mustard oil in your nose to prevent blockage and facilitates easy breathing.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for hair growth?
A Yes, mustard oil can be quite helpful for hair growth. It nourishes the hair and opens up the scalp pores. However, if it is kept for a long time, it can captivatedirt.
 
Q Is it safe to use mustard oil on lips?
A Yes, due to the presence of antioxidants and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and selenium in mustard oil, it can help in the regeneration of cells and keeps the lips soft. Thus, mustard oil is quite beneficial for lips.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for grey hair?
A Yes, due to monosaturatedfats and omega fatty acids, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help prevent grey hair. It can help facilitate the production of melanin in the hair and thus, suppress the grey color of hair. Therefore, it can be applied to the hair to get rid of the grey hair.
 
Q Is mustard oil beneficial for arthritis?
A Yes, due to the presence of anti-inflammatory property mustard oil, it is quite beneficial forarthritis and gout.It gets easily absorbed in the skin and relaxes the stressed muscles and ligaments and thus lowering the pain and inflammation caused due to arthritis.
 
Q What is the benefit of massage using mustard oil?
A Massaging stomach area using mustard oil can help prevent various disorders like infections, cirrhosis, and several liver disorders. It can help to slow down the spleen enlargement.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for skin irritation?
A Yes, due to the presence of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties in mustard oil, it can help to manage skin irritation. 
Paste for skin irritation
• Take some mustard oil.
• Add a pinch of turmeric powder to it.
• Then add some camphor to it.
• Apply it to the affected area.
• This remedy will help you to prevent skin irritation and itching since it reduces the spread of bacteria.
 
Q Is mustard oil helpful for asthma?
A Yes, mustard oil is quite beneficial for asthma patients since the external application of mustard oil can help to prevent blockage in air passages and thus, facilitates easy breathing. It also reduces the risk of asthma attacks.
You can apply mustard oil mixed with camphor on the chest to manage asthma.
 
Q Should we do a patch test before using mustard oil?
A Yes, it is important to do a patch test before using mustard oil. 
 
Patch test
• Take some mustard oil.
• Put a few (1-2) drops of mustard oil underneath your underarm.
• Check if there is any allergic reaction.
• If you see any redness, itching, or swelling, then avoid using mustard oil.
• If there is no reaction, then you can use mustard oil.
 
Q Can mustard oil cause darkening of skin?
A No, mustard oil cannot cause darkening of the skin. However, it is advised to use it in a diluted form. You can use mustard oil with some carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil for massaging face packs or hair treatments.This is because it is a strong potent essential oil and can cause irritation in some people if used directly. Also, it is advised to do a patch test before using mustard oil.
 
Q What are the advantages of putting mustard oil in the belly button?
A 

             Scientific

Ayurvedic

Putting mustard oil in the belly button can help ease the area and loosens the dirt that we often miss out on. However, avoid pressing the area since it is quite sensitive. Always prefer to do a patch test before using mustard oil to check for any side effects.

According to the Ayurvedic view, due to the presence of snigdha property that is the oily property of mustard oil, it can help to reduce dryness. Therefore, you can apply mustard oil to your belly button to prevent dryness and to make skin soft.

 
Q Can we use mustard oil for cold?
A Yes,

          Scientific

Ayurvedic

According to scientific studies, mustard oil is quite beneficial for cold. It can help you to prevent blockage in air passages and facilitates easy breathing. Thus, it can help to manage cold.

Ways to use mustard oil for cold

  1. Take some mustard oil.
  2. Add some camphor to it.
  3. Apply it gently over your chest.
  4. This will help to prevent blockage in air passages and provides easy breathing.

Mustard oil steam

  1. Take some water in a steamer.
  2. Add a few drops of mustard oil to it.
  3. Inhale this steam to manage cold.

According to the Ayurvedic view, an imbalance of kapha can lead to a cold. However, due to the ushna (hot) and kapha balancing mustard oil properties, it can help manage cold. You can apply it over your chest and back.

Ways to use mustard oil for cold

  1. Take some mustard oil.
  1. Add some camphor to it.
  2. Apply it gently over your chest.
  3. This will help to prevent blockage in air passages and provides easy breathing.

Mustard oil steam

  1. Take some water in a steamer.
  2. Add a few drops of mustard oil to it.
  3. Inhale this steam to prevent cold.

Mustard oil for blockage

  1. Take some mustard oil.
  2. Apply it to your nostrils.
  3. This will help to prevent blockage and dryness in the nose.

 

 

NS Desk

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