Black Mustard - (Brassica Nigra)
White Mustard - (Sinapis alba)
Mustard - Brassica Nigra : An erect annual,
growing up to 3 metres high, with spear shaped upper
leaves, bright yellow flowers, and flat pods containing
about 10 brown seeds.
White Mustard - Sinapis alba : Similar
to the Black Mustard, but with larger seeds and
is milder in flavour. The white mustard plant does
not contain any essential oil.
seeds of the mustard plant are highly esteemed -
and both the white and black mustard plants are
used in a similar way. The seeds can be used externally
and internally - used externally they are warming
and draw blood to the surface, as well as ease the
pain of cold joints, rheumatism, chilblains, lumbago,
and arthritis. Internally they make a useful digestive
stimulant and warm the stomach. Mustard is useful
for encouraging blood flow to the peripheral areas
of the body - ideal for sufferers of poor circulation,
or in cases of chilblains, frostbite and the likes.
has antiseptic properties - make an infusion of
the seeds and use as a gargle for sore throats and
footbaths are a well known folk remedy for colds,
but are generally not taken too seriously nowadays.
They are in fact very useful in cases of fevers
and hot flushes because they encourage blood flow
to the feet, which in turn reduces over all body
temperature by dissipating heat. Use ordinary English
Mustard powder and hot water - topping up with more
hot water as it begins to cool. Wrap up warm afterwards.
poultices can help with rheumatic aches and pains
- but can irritate sensitive skins, and prolonged
use of the poultices can lead to blistering.
mustard essential oil is considered one of the most
toxic of all the essential oils and has rubefacient
properties, which produces blistering of the skin.
Essential oil should NOT be used in therapy - externally
or internally !