For most, mustard is a condiment that accompanies sausages and gives sauces a tasty spiciness. But some also appreciate the curative properties of the tried-and-tested home remedy.
Yes, that is mustard. With its beautiful yellow flowers, it is very similar to the rapeseed, which comes from the same family. The best way to distinguish the two is the season: rapeseed blooms in May, mustard only in July
Today hardly anyone knows that mustard is a proven home remedy, whose versatile applications have long ago been praised in herbal writings in detailed essays.
In addition to vitamins that boost the immune system and metabolism and support wound healing, minerals and proteins, the main constituent of mustard is a fatty mustard oil, about 25 to 35 percent. The mustard oil itself is tasteless, because the pungent substances are not oil-soluble. Only the addition of liquid activates an enzyme that breaks it down. This creates the typical spice.
These ingredients have a higher circulation on the skin and warm the body. This helps to relieve muscle tension and induration, to relieve cramps and relieve pain. The discharge of toxins is also supported. A flushof the skin is normal. When it starts to burn, the application should be stopped. At this time, the best possible effect is achieved.
When used externally, the antibacterial and immune-enhancing substances of mustard also play an important role. Especially for bronchial complaints and stuck mucus mustard can help. The heat, coupled with expectorant and sweat-inducing properties, is a blessing for the impaired respiratory tract. Wraps, envelopes and pads with a porridge made from mustard flour and water have proven just as suitable for colds as full and foot baths.
Proven home remedy
Foot baths are also a proven home remedy for headaches, tiredness, fatigue, low blood pressure and cold feet. Mustard pulls the stagnation out of the head, stimulates the metabolism and helps to renew verve. For the preparation, two to three tablespoons of mustard flour are placed in a tub and doused with warm water. This should not be hotter than 35 °C / 95 °F, otherwise the effect will be weakened.
In the internal application, for which only high-quality, cold-groundes mustard varieties should be used, the digestive effect of the old medicinal plant comes into its own. Mustard stimulates the metabolism, supports the liver and increases the production of gastric and bile acids.
A relieving mustard cure
For loss of appetite, heartburn, constipation, metabolic disorders and irregular bowel movements, but also to relieve the organism a mustard cure is recommended. For this you take half a teaspoon of mustard every morning on an empty stomach, over a period of at least six weeks – with a taste of your own choice.
This cure can be extended without hesitation. In addition, you can eat half a teaspoon of mustard before meals and in the kitchen refine the hot and cold dishes as often as possible with the versatile seasoning. Many recipes get a special refinement with the addition of mustard – and at the same time you do something good for the body.
Soups, appetizers, fish and meat can be refined with the very high-quality types of mustard as well as noodles, rice, vegetables or lettuce. A favorite is herbal mustard, with which a wonderful vinaigrette can be mixed. Incidentally, you can also create your own mustard varieties at home. That’s not easy – but it’s actually an uplifting feeling when, after some experimentation, the taste is finally right.