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The healing power of black mustard

  1. We know the black mustard plant as a source for making mustard, but it has seeds, leaves and flowers that can be eaten. Black mustard seed, together with yellow mustard seed, is a constituent of mustard. Mustard powder, mustard seed oil and mustard seed are products that are used in phytotherapy and natural medicine. The most important medicinal properties are that mustard seed promotes circulation and can be used for bronchitis and rheumatism.


  1. Occurrence of black mustard plant Active ingredients black mustard Mustard for inflammation Secondary uses of mustard seed compresses Mustard seed, good for digestion Mustard seed, good for the respiratory tract Medicinal uses and dose of black mustard Warning

Appearance of black mustard plant

  1. The Latin name for black mustard is Brassica nigra. Black mustard plant originally grows in the Mediterranean, but because it has been cultivated in Europe for two centuries, it now grows all over Europe, as far as Finland. This plant belongs to the Brassicaceae family and is therefore related to all types of cabbage. It can reach a height of 40 to 80 centimeters and has yellow flowers. The leaves and flowers of the black mustard plant can be eaten. They are used raw in salads but can also be cooked like spinach.

Active ingredients black mustard

  1. For medicinal purposes only the seed of brassica nigra is used. It contains sinigrin. Sinigrin is a mustard glycoside that undergoes a conversion process called hydrolysis by grinding in water using the enzyme myrosinase. This creates allyl isothiocyanate, also called volatile mustard oil. This is a slightly corrosive substance that causes redness on the skin. Other substances in mustard seed are: unsaturated fatty acids such as erucic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid. It also contains mucilages, proteins and the pseudoalkaloid sinapine, which gives it a slightly bitter taste.

Mustard for inflammation

  1. Allyl isothiocyanate is the substance that provides the sharp taste in mustard. When used externally it has an irritating effect and causes redness on the skin. That is a sign that blood flow is improving. The seed is ground and placed on patches and envelopes. The cover with mustard seeds may remain in place for a maximum of 10 minutes. The blood circulation-stimulating effect of mustard seed is reason for phytotherapists to prescribe it for the following indications:

Secondary uses of mustard seed compresses

  1. The skin-stimulating effect of ground mustard seed leads to numerous healing applications that are not directly related to the skin. This mainly has to do with the blood flow. A foot bath of mustard flour used to be used to reduce blood pressure to the head. After all, a mustard foot bath draws more blood to the feet, as blood circulation is improved there. Another application is smearing the mustard seed on the chest area to improve heart function and cause a rise in blood pressure. In addition, lubricating the chest is good for stimulating the lungs and making breathing easier.

Mustard seed, good for digestion

  1. When used in modest amounts, mustard seed is an appetite stimulant. In addition, it strengthens the stomach. The gastric juices used to digest food increase in amount when mustard seed is eaten; it is a digestive agent.

Mustard seed, good for the respiratory tract

  1. We have already seen that a compress of ground mustard seed can be used to stimulate the lungs. There is also an application to drink an infusion or tea made from mustard seed. This is used for bronchitis and laryngitis or inflammation of the larynx with hoarseness. Mustard seed is also used for flu, fever and infections that take place in the respiratory tract. Remember not to inhale the fumes from the ground mustard; that's bad for the lungs.

Medicinal uses and dose of black mustard

  1. To make a compress, grind 100 grams of mustard seeds and put this in a cloth with water of a maximum of 45 degrees Celsius. Let it sit for 10 minutes, in children three to five minutes. Apply it on the painful area. To soothe the redness of the skin, you can rub it with olive oil afterwards. A foot bath is made with 100 grams of mustard seed meal and water with a maximum temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. A tea or infusion of mustard powder is made by using a teaspoon of mustard powder in a 200 ml cup. Drink this tea up to three times a day.


  1. When should you not use black mustard seed? How much should you use at most? Please read this as it can prevent problems. In healthy people, the use of brassica nigra has no side effects, provided the instructions are followed.

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