I’m not a big fan of mustard and I feel that by using too much of it, you risk compromising an otherwise delicious food, so I don’t have large quantities in my cardboard. On the other hand, I’m a big supporter of alternative uses and I can’t help but share this new-found knowledge with you.
For the first time, I realized that there is more than meets the eye about mustard as I was suffering from a sore throat and realized that I was out of medicine.
In severe cases, honey doesn’t work out for me and although mustard doesn’t taste as good especially in conjunction with salt and water, it delivers better results. I don’t know about you but when pain distracts me from my daily routine, I’m more than happy to put up with a bad taste for a little while.
What I find more difficult to bear is a foul odor and it is a bit ironic that mustard has the ability to repel such unpleasant smells. Mustard and water alone will do the trick of removing the smell.
You probably can’t imagine using mustard as a lotion, but applying it as a face mask will work wonders and the best thing is that you don’t need to keep it on too much.
After rinsing, any trace of mustard ever being there with vanish into thin air, leaving behind a moist and firm skin. There is no pain in adding some mustard to your bath, quite the contrary because it has the ability to relax muscles.
Here’s the 9 Surprising Uses for Mustard:
1Sore Throat Relief:
Grab some mustard and mix it with one tbsp of salt, one tbsp of honey, juice of one half of a fresh lemon to 1/2 cup of boiling water.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and let it cool for 10 minutes before taking some in your mouth and gargle.
As a precaution: this mixture doesn’t smell or taste good but after a few rounds of gargling, your throat should be feeling a lot less sore.
Not advisable for the faint-hearted:
Put one cap of mouthwash into the mix before gargling. This will increase the nastiness of the taste, but will also heighten the benefits.
2Bottles Smelling Funky?
Many products are packaged in attractive bottles. The problem is, the substances previously held by those containers may not have pleasing aromas, which can still be smelled from inside the bottles.
Mustard comes as your unconventional solution for this concern. Place a little mustard inside a bottle then add hot water. Shake the bottle vigorously. Once done, rinse off the mustard solution. The bottle’s stench will be gone right after.
Mustard, for some reason, can help eliminate the buildup of phlegm inside the body. In place of a topical decongestant, you can rub mustard on your chest. Place a cloth, soaked in hot water, on top of the mustard. Within minutes, you will feel better. Do the same for your back and if you have sinusitis, your forehead.
Aside from enhancing the flavor of food, mustard can also accentuate the beauty of your skin, particularly your face. Spread a thin layer of mustard throughout your face.
Let it settle for a few minutes then rinse. After rinsing, your face will be smoother and will bear a nice healthy glow. Though, before proceeding with the facial treatment, make sure that your skin is not highly sensitive.
Struggling with stiff and strained muscles? You can remedy this condition by tossing in mustard and Epsom salt to your bathwater. Mustard will amplify the therapeutic effects of the chemical compound, relieving you of muscle pains at a much faster rate than bathing with Epsom salt alone.
Feet exhausted from a long day of standing? Make a soothing mustard foot bath! Combine 1 tablespoon mustard in a pan of warm to hot water.
Stir the water well to completely dissolve the mustard, and dip those poor puppies in. This will leave your hands free to do more exciting things, like consume a sandwich.
Lower back pain? Pulled some strange muscle that you didn’t know you had? End the agony by making a mustard paste for these targeted sore muscles. Combine powdered mustard seed and all-purpose flour in a bowl (1 part mustard seed to 2 parts flour) and slowly stir in warm water to make a paste.
Spread the mixture on one side square of cheesecloth and fold. now place the plaster on the ache, securing it with a bandage. Leave the plaster in place for no more than 20-30 minutes at a time, and feel those aches and pains just float away.
6The Unwanted Scent of Men
Research says, sweat mixed with the body’s natural scent comes as a natural aphrodisiac, which works only for humans. For large garden pests like deer and other wild animals, that scent makes them flee properties. Recreate the scent of sweaty farm workers by placing a generous serving of mustard on several tin plates. Hang the plates on your garden or lawn. Upon smelling the mustard, Bambi and his fawn friends will instantly realize their limits, when it comes to grazing.
Mustard oil is a secret conditioner that salons don’t want to get out. But here’s the dish: pour a generous amount of mustard oil on your palm. Rub hands together, and then scrub and massage your hair. Once done, leave the mustard oil on your hair for about eight hours, or for the entire day/night if you choose. Cover hair with bandana or shower cap overnight. Wash and rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Upon rinsing, you hair will be softer and more bouncy, as if it came right out of a shampoo commercial.
Kudos to you for trying your hand at that crazy complicated recipe. But your over-enthusiasm got the best of you and you managed to get a serious burn. Whether it is a severe burn or a minor burn, it hurts like heck and the pain just won’t go away.
The best yet the least known remedy for throbbing pain from burns: ordinary mustard. There is something magical in everyday yellow mustard that quickly takes away the pain. Just spread a nice and thick layer of mustard over the area. You’ll find that the pain goes away almost instantly.
9Weed Growth Prevention
According to scientists, the substances released by white mustard seed onto the soil can prevent the growth of weed and other pesky plants. Plant a handful of mustard seeds near your prized plants or scatter the seeds throughout your garden.
Garden weed will still sprout but they’ll be significantly less in number. Just uproot them with your bare hands. Remember, before planting the seeds, you should do some research first. Some plants are harmed by mustard’s secretions, just like garden weed.