What Is Mustard Oil Good For?
Last updated on August 3, 2012
Do you have a bottle of mustard oil and are asking yourself, “What is mustard oil good for?” Mustard oil is extracted from the seeds of mustard plants. It can come in the form of pure mustard oil or mixed with another common vegetable oil such as soybean oil.
When buying mustard oil, look for cold pressed oil. The highest quality oil often comes from Australia and New Zealand.
Here are 8 uses for mustard oil:
Despite it not being approved for human consumption in the U.S. it is slowly gaining favor among chefs here. The people of north India, Nepal and Bangladesh have been using mustard oil in cooking for hundreds of years with no known ill effects and the oil can be bought in Indian groceries. It is used for stir fries and is often drizzled over a dish after cooking.
Mustard oil is popular as a massage oil. It soothes sore bones and joints and may relieve the pain associated with arthritis and other chronic bone and joint conditions. It is also believed to improve circulation.
The rich level of vitamin E in mustard oil helps to promote good skin health. Applied topically, mustard oil may reduce wrinkles and help protect the skin from ultraviolet light.
Mustard oil is a popular home remedy for patients suffering from sinusitis and may be useful in treating many respiratory conditions. Many people have found that putting a couple of drops of mustard oil in each nostril helps to alleviate symptoms.
Ear Infection Relief
Another home remedy for mustard oil is in the prevention and treatment of ear infections. Put a couple of drops of warm mustard oil in each ear to treat an ear infection. Some people who are prone to ear infections do this daily as a preventative measure.
Applied topically, mustard oil is an antifungal agent.
Many insects are repelled by the pungent nature of mustard oil. You can apply mustard oil to your body to repel mosquitoes. For insect problems inside a home, apply mustard oil around doors and baseboards and anywhere that insects enter.
Due to its rich content of many natural vitamins and minerals, mustard oil helps condition the scalp and may help prevent hair damage and even promote new hair growth.