Properties and Benefits of Mustard
The mustard is much more than a condiment to flavor dishes, as well as nutritional properties since ancient times has been used as an effective remedy to relieve certain ailments. Medicinal properties that are, without doubt, a good argument to have mustard seeds (also in powder or oil). Let’s see, more closely, everything that the mustard hides, star ingredient of one of the best-known sauces.
There are several types of mustard. Black mustard (Brassica nigra), more intense and spicy aroma; white mustard white (Sinapis alba), with a slightly lighter flavor; and Wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis). The mustard is particularly appreciated for its content in antioxidants (helps to prevent the effects of free radicals), as well as providing, in nutritional terms, vitamins (C and B9) and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and selenium.
Mustard is attributed with anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antibacterial properties, being a good remedy to relieve nasal congestion and sore throat, symptoms of colds and flu. For sore throat you can add a teaspoon of mustard seeds in a cup of boiling water, with honey and lemon juice. It activates the blood circulation and applied in powder, it is a first aid home remedy for minor burns, since it avoids the appearance of blisters. It is also good for regulating low blood pressure.
Mustard, thanks to its content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, is an excellent ally to care for the skin and strengthen hair.
And the mustard takes care of you inside and out, as it is considered a perfect dressing for the dishes if you are following a slimming diet. In addition, thanks to its light laxative effect it stimulates the intestinal transit and prevents constipation. In this case, a spoonful of mustard seeds may be taken several times a day. If, however, you need to eat more, mustard also helps to stimulate appetite, in this case taking black mustard seeds with milk.
Another benefit of the mustard less well known is that, powder and mixed with essential oil, contributes to the effect of a relaxing bath. A warm bath is an effective remedy against headache and cold discomfort.