Mustard plant that is used for the production of mustard

Mustard plant as a flavoring and a natural remedy

Mustard plant originates from the Middle East from India, and has been known for over 5000 years. Its seeds are used as a spice and are produced for centuries and because of its esteemed essential oil. Since ancient times, it was used by Egyptians and Romans.

Because of specific active substances that white mustard plant contains, it very quickly gives results in its operation. It is effective against sciatica and rheumatic diseases. The healing effect manifests itself in asthma and some inflammation, but it is good for the digestive tract and much more.

Did you know that mustard plant is used to make mustard? The oldest recipes for it have been found from Roman times.

Continue reading, we bring you a very simple recipe for healthy mustard without preservatives. Find out how mustard can be used for health.

How to recognize mustard plant in nature

In the nation it is known as: heartburn or mustard plant. Used is white mustard Sinapis alba and Brassica nigra the black one. These are annual plants belonging to the family of Brassicaceae (cabbage). They are cultivated as a raw material for the production of oil, flour, as the spice, but also for medicinal purposes.

In addition, it grows in the nature as a wild mustard plant, on various abandoned places, and it can be found in the gardens. It very well tolerates changes in temperature and frosts.

In their appearance, all of the above types resemble each other. Black grows a little over 2m, and the white is about one and a half feet high. The plant on its stem has soft hairs. The leaves are specific and are toothed. These are honey-like plants, with tiny shrubs of bright yellow color, which are gathered in tiny budding buds.
It flowers from May until August and is harvested at the ending of summer- beginning of autumn while the stem is still green and seed still dark. It is dried for about two weeks and then grinded like beans. When it dries well it is kept in sealed containers.

Seeds do not have any smell and their taste is bitter but during longer chewing it gives a distinctly spicy aroma.

What is its composition and where is it used? 

Mustard plant according to its chemical structure has 35% of lipids then 34 percent of carbohydrates, and 27.2 percent of protein. When it comes to minerals in it has calcium, phosphorus and potassium the most and it is very rich in selenium. Also we can find magnesium, zinc, manganese and iron.
This plant also has vitamins A, C, E, and riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, amino acids which makes this plant very healthy.

Isothiocyanate contributes to the antioxidant effect of this plant, thanks to which it strengthens our immune system.

It contains omega-3 fats, as well as glycoside sinalbin which causes burning sensation in the mouth. Mustard plant has both specific and aromatic taste. White mustard plant gives spiciness and black mustard plant provides flavor.

From the seeds of this plant we can get essential oil. It has anti-bacterial and parasitic effect. However, with its use you should be very cautious not to cause poisoning.

Its smell is penetrating and spicy but it irritates the mucous membrane, and can even cause sores and blisters on the skin.
  • For example, 4 g of this essential oil can kill a rabbit within 2 hours.

Mustard plant as a cure for the most serious diseases

Mustard plant is a part of many drugs in the pharmaceutical industry. Its essential oil contains an active ingredient allyl isothiocyanate which is a small molecule, and thanks to that it quickly enters the different organs. It has a distinct antibacterial power and effectively destroys harmful micro-organisms in food. This is why it is often a means of preserving foods.

Some studies point to its anticancer effect. Thanks isothiocyanate as well as glucosinolates it prevents and stops the progression of the tumor in the digestive organs and the bladder. So certainly it acts preventively against cancer.

Seeds have medicinal effect on the liver, diabetes, diseases and disorders of the digestive tract. It very successfully stabilizes the attitude of good and bad cholesterol in the blood. Because it abounds in magnesium it lowers blood pressure and prevents a heart attack. Improves circulation by opening blood vessels everywhere in the body, and treats diseases of the circulatory system.

The plant mustard is a great accomplice in the treatment of colds and flu.
  • Make her tea by boiling a cup of water and insert a teaspoon of ground mustard, and leave it for 5 minutes to rest.

This tea stimulates circulation, helps with colds, fever, frostbite, and even bronchitis. In addition, positive results are obtained in the case of kidney inflammation.

Health benefits of mustard plant are numerous

Mustard as a medicine works in the case of rheumatic disorders or acute inflammation of the nerves or joints. Wraps with this plant improve circulation and are a good source of selenium, which reduces symptoms caused by sciatica and rheumatism. Efficient against migraine, insomnia or in postmenopausal symptoms in women.

Packs of mustard plaint for pain in the neck and back are very effective.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of plain flour with a teaspoon of minced mustard plant. So it is poured slowly with warm water until you get less frequent mushy mass. Then the mixture put between two layers of gauze and put on the painful spot.

Mustard plant improves blood flow, heats the site of disease, and irritate the nerve endings.
  • Hold for 5-10 minutes, if you experience any discomfort, remove immediately. Rinse the skin with water. Daily up to three times you may use such compresses. 

To refresh your memory, or in the case of occasional fainting the solution is mustard plant.
  • In the morning put a few grains of its seeds in the mouth and drink with a glass of water.

Also if someone in your environment feels unconscious, put ground mustard under the nose to feel the smell. Thanks to its spicy aroma it arouses the senses and the whole body.

Even the ancient Greeks, knew that this plant have therapeutic powers. It is particularly good for the digestive organs. It promotes the secretion of saliva up to 8 times more, so it is good for those who have a problem with a good appetite.

However, you definitely have to be careful with its use, since larger amounts are not desirable. It may cause irritation to the stomach and intestines, as well as disorders of the menstrual cycle.

Use mustard flour for wraps and baths

There is also mustard flour, which can be used to make compresses or baths. In traditional medicine this method is used to treat mild pneumonia or pulmonary tissues, and bronchitis.
  • For wraps you need to put two fists of flour in one liter of lukewarm water. Wait until it starts to release its spiciness through steam and soak a sheet or towel in it. Squeeze the wrap and put on the chest, over it add another layer of some fabric. It may be kept only for three to five minutes, and after it is necessary to rinse the skin with lukewarm water.

Mustard as a lining is very good in the case of inflammation of the ovaries and menstrual pain. The active compounds of flour penetrate deep into tissues and act directly on the site of pain.

Exactly the same principle is used for the bath.
  • In the bath a bag is inserted which has two fists of flour. Once you smell the spiciness, lie in the bath for 3 to 5 minutes. After a bath take a shower, and lie down in bed.

This bath may be used to reduce pressure in the head due to excess of blood in the brain and blood vessels. It is not recommended for people who have any heart problems.

How to make homemade mustard with mustard plant?

Have you ever wondered how to make mustard at home?

It is the oldest recipe that has been known since Roman times. It contained the wine vinegar, sugar and spices. Today, mustard plant is the base for mustard and shelves are rich in many different forms. But the domestic product is certainly the healthiest.

Here you can find a very simple recipe that you can make at your home.

For homemade mustard without vinegar you need:
  • The full cup of lemon juice,
  • 2/3 cup of mustard,
  • 1/3 lukewarm water,
  • one teaspoonful of salt, and optionally spices (curry, rosemary, thyme).

Production of mustard:

When preparing, first mix the water and lemon juice, then dip seeds. Leave it to rest for 3-4 days, while mustard absorbs liquid. After that, the seed is milled, add salt and spices.

It is best to let it rest for a few days in the refrigerator before using it for better taste and for it to lose its spiciness. Mustard can be kept in the fridge for up to 6 months.

The use of mustard in the kitchen

Just like mustard plant, its use can vary. It is rich in taste, and to many it is a favorite ingredient.

Does mustard contain calories and to what extent?

It is suitable for diets because it has a very low caloric value. In 100g there is only 75 calories. As much as you love it do not exaggerate with its consumption. The high level of sodium contained in it can disrupt blood pressure.

With spicy taste which makes it a common additive to various dishes, homemade mustard has a strong antibacterial effect. In addition it is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, as well as vitamin A and protein. So besides being tasty and aromatic, it is very nutritious.

Surely you did not know that mustard can prevent or treat a variety of ailments. If you burn in the sun mustard helps with burns. Only disputed areas on the skin should be rubbed with mustard, so it will prevent the formation of blisters and contribute to faster recovery of skin.

When it comes to muscle inflammation, due to hard training it is also effective. It perfectly relaxes muscles, just make a healing bath. It only takes mustard, teaspoon of sea salt and hot water.

Recipes with mustard plant that you have to try

Mustard plant as a spice is particularly represented during the preparation of pickled food for the winter. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, it preserves the food, and because of its aroma, it gives a rich taste to salads and other ingredients.

Only milled seed has no particular taste. However, mixed with water its aroma comes to full extent.

For those who like to experiment with taste, we would certainly recommend that they try a bitter sweet sauce.
  • You have to mix honey and mustard, and add spices to your taste. You will be surprised how much this food gives you a new dimension of nutrition.

Cold salad of millet is very interesting
  • Simply fry and cool the millet, add a grated chives, parsley, peas and roasted onions. All this mixed well and poured with olive oil and lemon juice.

For kidney problems and better urination, drink 3 times a day the beverage.
  • Put in a pot of 60g of sesame seeds and garlic, with 30g of lemon bark. Soak this mixture with two liters of boiling water, close it and leave it for 20 hours. Drink with honey.

You can also make a healing ointment with mustard plant

Mix 100g of squashed seeds with water, in the range of 1: 1. It is best to use water heated to 55 degrees. This fat is good to use in the case of chronic asthma when it is necessary to apply it along the spinal cord at a width of about 5cm.

You can then use it to treat stiffness of the shoulders, lumbago, throat, psoriasis, or rough skin.

After applying ointment to the skin, if it is red in 5 minutes, you know that you have a very muscular tissue. If the circulation is slower and the lymphatic flow is slowed down, the redness of skin will be much slower.

Where to buy mustard plant and what is a price

The mustard plant can be purchased in various packs, in crates, barrels, boxes, and even in bulk.

It is available in workshops, major markets, health food stores, and even on the internet.

Price ranges, depending on weight. 100g costs about 1-3 dollars.

Seeds are mostly whole but if you grind it you can keep it like that as well. It should be in a dark, cold and dry place in a well-sealed bowl. While its oil, as well as mustard, are stored in the fridge.

It is healthy, it gives a special aroma to pickled salads and many love it. You just do not have to exaggerate with its consumption not to cause vomiting and irritation of the digestive tract.

Do you know that mustard plant and cinnamon for hair are very effective?

You need:
  • Two milled (powder) tablespoons of mustard plant or two cups of mustard (also) powdered,
  • Three tablespoons of cinnamon,
  • Five tablespoons of water

Here is how to prepare a recipe:

Mix everything as much as you can and apply with a brush mixture on your scalp. Put the cap on the head. After half an hour, remove and wash your hair with a regular shampoo. Expect the first results after a month.

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