Mustard oil is made by cold-pressing mustard seeds and has a yellow color and strong spicy aroma. This oil has a history of medicinal and culinary use in Asia and the Middle East, and is known to be good for skin health.
It should be a staple oil in any home as it is rich in nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc and essential omega-3 fatty acids. It is a spicy and warming oil with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and stimulating properties which can reduce painful joints and muscles, relieve congestion, boost blood circulation, and improve digestion.
Mustard oil makes a great hair and skin oil that can prevent hair loss, encourage hair growth, treat infections, fight signs of aging and sun damage, reduce pigmentation and lighten skin.
Directions for use
For internal use, take 1 teaspoon of mustard oil per day, or use it to flavor food. However, it may cause reactions in sensitive individuals so speak to your doctor before taking it internally.
Always dilute mustard oil with a carrier oil before topical use, and avoid using it on broken or sensitive skin. Apply diluted mustard oil to the pulse points as an insect repellant, and to the skin for an anti-aging and brightening treatment. Massage the warming oil into the hair and scalp and leave it in for a few hours as a treatment, before washing it out with shampoo.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.