Mustard Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Mustard comes from black and white mustard plants (Brassica nigra and B. alba), which are native to the southern Mediterranean area. Other Brassica species grow in eastern Europe, India, and the Middle East. White mustard is also called Sinapis alba.
One of mustard's greatest health benefits is that it provides tremendous flavor for few calories and little fat. A gram of mustard flour contains just 4.3 calories and simple mustard preparations can be eaten with impunity by nearly everyone. Mustard itself contains no cholesterol, only trace amounts of vegetable fat, and is between 25-32% protein, depending on the variety of plant. Leaf mustard contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and Vitamin B.
Mustard's volatile oil, used medicinally, is made by pressing or steam-distilling mustard seeds. Some people grind the seeds for a flour that's made into paste and placed on the body. The German government has approved external application of a white mustard seed poultice to treat respiratory congestion and inflamed joints and soft tissues.
Common doses of Mustard
Mustard comes as a tea, ground mustard seeds (mustard flour), and mustard oil. Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of Mustard herb
Side effects of Mustard
Call your health care practitioner if you experience severe irritation of the skin or mucous membranes from contact with mustard.
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Mustard's unique pungent properties have led some people to use it as an herbal remedy. If not handled properly, though, mustard can cause tissue damage. Although white mustard has been used medicinally in Germany, no studies are available.
Other names for Mustard
Other names for mustard include black mustard, brown mustard, California rape, charlock, Chinese mustard, Indian mustard, white mustard, and wild mustard.
Medicinal products containing mustard are sold under such names as Act-On Rub and Musterole.
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