Extracted from the seeds of the mustard plant, mustard oil is not just like any other oil you use. With its distinctive flavor and a high-heat content, it is the spiciest oil of all. It is utilized not only in culinary but also as an important medicine in the indigenous Ayurveda system of healthcare.

Here are some quick facts about the medicinal properties of the mustard oil. Read on.

Promotes hair growth and prevents premature greying 

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Regular hair massage with mustard oil provides good conditioning to the hair and also eliminates infections of the scalp. Moreover, putting 2 drops of mustard oil into the nostrils as nasal drops not only promotes hair growth but also aids in preventing premature greying and loss of hair. 

Strengthen gums and whitens your teeth

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This oil contains a good percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E, which have their exclusive health benefits. When rubbed on gums once a day, it strengthens gums and protects teeth from germs.

Mix ½ teaspoon of mustard oil, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt to make a paste-like consistency. Rub this paste on your teeth and gums twice a day.

Soothes skin allergies

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Regular application of the mustard oil gives relief from skin allergies. Specifically, the oil extracted from brown mustard seeds is proven highly beneficial in controlling allergic skin conditions like vitiligo (a condition with white patches on the skin due to the loss of skin pigment), eczema (a disease in which skin becomes rough and inflamed causing itching and bleeding), and psoriasis (a skin disease with red, itchy, and scaly patches).

Protects from cold and helps in easy breathing 

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Applying lukewarm mustard oil with a pinch of rock salt on the back and chest helps in easy breathing during an asthma attack. It is also used to get relief from bronchitis and pneumonia.

Improves flexibility of the joints and muscles

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According to the International Journal of Science and Research, mustard oil contains a high amount of selenium and magnesium – the nutrients that give it anti-inflammatory properties. Massage the oil on your body and head for around 10–20 minutes daily to get relief from muscular and joint problems such as arthritis and rheumatism.

Stimulates sweat glands 

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Either you consume it or apply it externally, mustard oil stimulates the sweat glands to produce more sweat and enlarge the pores on the skin. This helps in lowering the body temperature and remove toxins from the body.

Fights away intestinal infections and worms

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Mustard oil contain antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help to treat certain infections if taken along with other herbal preparations. Studies have confirmed that cooking food in mustard oil can have a lethal effect on intestinal earthworms due to its deworming (anthelmintic) property.

Increases HDL (good cholesterol) and decreases the risk of heart attacks

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Mustard oil has an optimum ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and low content of saturated fats. Thus, it helps lower the harmful lipids levels (LDL), increase good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood, and decrease the risk of heart attacks. 

Whether you choose to use mustard oil for cooking, as medicine for external application, or as an ingredient in your beauty regime, its miraculous effects will never disappoint you.

For any query related to the medicinal and nutritional benefits of a mustard oil or any other superfood, you can consult an Ayurveda Specialist at www.healthcaremagic.com

About the Author

Dr. Aalok Makker

Dr. Aalok Makker is an Ayurveda Specialist. He holds an extensive experience of more than 15 years in Ayurveda and Medical Writing. He is an ardent writer having expertise in writing articles and blogs for various consumer health platforms.

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