Beneficial properties of mustard

The properties and health benefits of mustard have been proven over the centuries…

This plant could be seen to be a cure-all.

From time immemorial it has been used for its antiseptic and digestive properties. In Roman times, snake or scorpion bites were treated by applying a poultice to the wound made from mustard seeds ground in vinegar. Because of its digestive properties, mustard enabled guests at Pantagruelian banquets to devour enormous quantities of meat.

From time immemorial and still today, the healthful properties of mustard are a reality; here are a few examples :

  • As an appetite stimulant, consumed in moderation, it stimulates the appetite!
  • As a digestive aid, it facilitates the digestion process by encouraging the secretion of gastric juices.
  • As an emetic, if you swallow a glass of warm water with a spoonful of mustard flour stirred into it, the results are guaranteed!
  • To relieve a sore throat, used as a gargle.
  • To soothe bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia, used in a poultice.
  • As an antiseptic and disinfectant in a poultice.
  • As a stimulant for tired feet! Add a handful of ground mustard seeds to a small bowl of hot water and soak your feet in it for ten minutes.
  • In oil, it has a powerful antibacterial and antifungal effect.
  • Making a poultice : Mix 25g of mustard flour and 25g of bran together, then add a few drops of water and smoothe to a paste. Spread this paste on the area to be treated without forgetting to coat it first with ointment or an oil-based cream.
  • Making a gargling solution: Infuse a few mustard seeds in a half-glass of boiling water for 10 minutes then filter this infusion.