- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Health Benefits of Mustard Oil
Mustard Oil's Many Uses
Many of us are not aware of the health benefits of mustard oil. It is a wonderful natural ointment that can heal your body pain, muscle pain and other aches. It is widely used in North India and is also used for cooking in Northern states of India. Mustard oil is used in North Indian pickles and dishes. In South India, however, mustard oil is not commonly used.
I began noticing its health benefits when one of my friends shared this experience with me. Her 1 year old daughter fell from a chair and her head was badly hit on the floor. Suddenly a big swelling appeared on her forehead. The swelling was in the size of a gooseberry it seems. My friend had a North Indian woman as her assistant. Her assistant made a quick move bringing the mustard oil, warming it and rubbing on baby’s head. She massaged the swollen area with the oil for few minutes. My friend says that she was amazed to see the swelling getting disappeared in 5 minutes. I have tried this on my baby also.
Uses for Arthritis and Joint Pain
Mustard oil is a wonderful massage oil. It can bring a relief for arthritis pain, back pain, leg pain and joints pain. For muscle pain and other pain mustard oil should be rubbed and massaged. The oil stimulates blood flow and mitigates the pain on muscles and joints. As we apply massage oil to skin, surface of the skin gets a better blood flow that contributes to healing. For pain in the knees and joints, the oil should be generously applied and massaged. This would bring down the pain. Elderly people who suffer from muscle pain and joint pain can use this remedy.
Mustard oil with camphor is very powerful. Heat the oil in a small vessel (just a spoonful of spoon) and put a small piece of camphor into it. Little amount of camphor would be enough. Now cool the oil. This camphor mustard oil can bring a relief for pain in body. This oil would smell like other pain relief ointments available in market. A mustard oil/camphor mixture can improve stiff joints. Massage the stiff joint with oil for few minutes. Blood supply would improve and the stiffness, pain and inflammation would decrease.
Baby's Chest Congestion, Cough, and Cold
Heat mustard oil and put 2 cloves of garlic into it. Heat the oil with garlic. Now bring it to cool and apply on the chest and back of baby. Mustard oil and garlic warms the body and reduce the difficulties of chest congestion. It also loosens phlegm and help the body expel it. During winter season in North India, infants and children with colds, coughs, and chest congestion are rubbed with mustard oil to relieve their discomfort.
Boil 30 ml of mustard oil and put 1 small pod (of 8-10 cloves) of garlic to it. Boil mustard oil till the garlic cloves are cooked in it. Bring the oil to cool and apply on back and massage. Continue this for 1 month. You will be relieved from back pain. The same oil can be applied to neck for neck pain.
I have personally tested this. I testify that mustard oil can control hair loss. I was affected with chicken pox last year. Since then I began experiencing hair loss. In Delhi I found people applying mustard oil in their hair. I tried that my hair loss began to decrease. After a week I found that I don’t lose hair any more.