Health benefits of mustard

Mustard is an inevitable part of Indian recipes especially in the south. For centuries, mustard has been used in the Indian household to enhance the taste and fragrance of various food items. Moreover, adding mustard to the recipes will keep them preserved for longer than usual. Besides these common benefits mustard also has some therapeutic properties. According to Ayurveda, mustard has the ability to reduce the doshas (negative effects) related to Pitta,Vata and Kapha, the three major principles of the body. Mustard is also effective in curing itching,helminthiasis (infestation with parasitic worms) and other ailments too. Some of the major uses of mustard are following

  1. Mustards are effective solution for the treatment of dyspepsia and helminthiasis.
  2. Mixing mustard in the food makes more Agni (fire) in the body. According to Ayurveda, Agni is responsible for all digestive and metabolic processes in the body. It also assists in the harmonious working of the heart.
  3. Grinding mustard in hot water and smearing the paste on the chest will help to reduce nausea.
  4. Mustard oil could be used as oral medicine and could be smeared on the body to reduce the effects of rheumatism.
  5. Hot mustard oil mixed with salt will help cure chest congestion and cough in children.
  6. Smearing a cooled mixture of Mustard oil and camphor after boiling is a solution for the problem of whiplash.
  7. Smearing a paste made by grinding white mustard,Lialac, paccearritteali, and Epsom salt can reduce the shades in the face.
  8. The mixture of 100g roasted mustard powder, tamarind juice,salt,turmeric,cumin,fenugreek and ghee is a good preservative.


Diabetic patients must be very careful with the intake of mustard as it can have adverse effects on them.