Mustard is a widely used condiment in many Indian households. It is used for the flavor and color it brings to the food and apart from that deliciousness; it is also used as dips, sauce and other ways to bring something new to the food every time it is used in cooking. But mustard and mustard seeds can be also used in various other ways to get the maximum benefit out of it and we have 6 ways in which it can help you out.
1 Cures sore throat
Sore throat can happen due to many things like cold, throat infection and allergies of many kinds. Most of the times, we take simple over-the-counter medicines and use simple homemade remedies to clear the throat. Here is where mustard comes into action. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds, juice from ½ a lemon, 1 tbsp of salt, 1 tbsp of honey in 1 ¼ cups of boiling water. Mix everything nicely and let it cool by itself for some time. Once the mixture is cold, take a small cup full of mixture and thoroughly gargle with it 2-3 times a day. Repeat every day until the throat clears up.
2 Great for hair
Mustard oil has been used for centuries in Indian and Chinese medicines as a way of stimulating hair growth and making hair strong. Apart from many vitamins and minerals, mustard oil also contains loads and loads of beta carotene, a compound that not only strengthens the hair follicles, but also gives it a good shine and look. It also contains iron, fatty acids and minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are excellent for promoting hair growth all over the head.
3 Gets rid of muscle pain and cramps
Mustard contains lots of magnesium and selenium; two ingredients that make it a worthy solution to muscle pains and cramps. These two ingredients provide mustard with anti-inflammatory and heat producing capabilities, which in turn helps loosen the muscles and provides heat in order to lessen the pain and provide relief. You can either apply fresh mustard paste to the affected area or make a bundle of mustard seeds and add it to the warm water in the bathing tub and take a long, soaking bath in the water to help relax any muscle ache and pain.
4 Helps you lose weight
If you are looking for a natural way for losing weight to aid your exercise regime, do not look further than mustard seeds. These seeds are packed with nutrients like folates, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin, which are all Vitamin B complex ingredients. They work together in tandem to increase the metabolism of a person and aids in the weight losing process.
5 Helps in getting rid of constipation
Mustard seeds contain mucilage. This sticky and slimy substance is a key ingredient, when it comes to taking care of constipation. Mustard seeds are high in fiber and it can make sure that the passage of wastage through the colon is as smooth as possible, so that apart from constipation, ailments like piles and anal fissures are also solved.
6 Revitalizes the skin
Mustard is a brilliant ingredient that you can add to your face mask. It is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in keeping the skin in its best condition. It is also packed with sulfur and can be used to disinfect the skin and curb any skin infection and it also enables the skin to fight any skin ailment.
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