Mustard essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from mustard seeds soaked in water. The medicinal properties of the oil can be attributed to it natural stimulant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-rheumatic and tonic properties. (1)
Mustard Essential Oil Health Uses
1. Stimulates Circulation
Mustard essential oil has strong stimulant properties that work to boost circulation as well as digestion. The oil works by stimulating the secretion gastric juices and bile from the spleen to promote healthy digestion. (2)
2. Boosts Appetite
Mustard essential oil naturally boosts appetite by stimulating hunger. It works by slightly irritating the inner lining of the stomach and intestines to stimulate digestive juices and create a feeling of hunger.
3. Fights Bacterial Infections
The antibacterial properties of mustard essential oil can help fight bacterial infections both internally and externally. Internally, the oil can help fight infections as a natural antibiotic in the colon digestive system and urinary tract. Externally, it can help treat bacterial infections on the skin. (3)
4. Prevents Fungal Infections
The anti-fungal properties of mustard oil can help prevent fungal infections from forming. The oil contains allyl isothiocyanate which works to inhibit fungal growth and stop any present infections from spreading. (4)
5. Works as an Insect Repellent
Mustard essential oil can be used as a natural insect repellent. It works to repel insects in a fumigant or vaporizer, or on its own as a natural insect spray instead of commercial insect repellents that contain harmful chemicals.
6. Promotes Healthy Hair
Mustard essential oil contains oleic and linoleic acid, fatty acids that work to revitalize hair. The oil’s stimulating effects increase blood circulation in the scalp while the fatty acids work to nourish the hair. (5)
7. Prevents Phlegm
Mustard oil provides a warming sensation that works on the respiratory system. It protects the lungs, nose and throat from congestion to keep respiratory problems at bay.
8. Promotes Sweating
Mustard essential oil has the ability to stimulate the sweat glands. By stimulating the body to sweat, mustard oil can help lower body temperature and remove toxins, excess salts and excess water from the body.
9. Works as a Toner
Mustard essential oil works as a natural toner for every part of the body. The oil is a natural an all-around tonic that can help boost the immune system while strengthening and revitalizing the body.
10. Reduces Arthritis Symptoms
Mustard oil can be used as a natural remedy for pain related to rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. It works to provide relief for symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. (6)
Caution: No toxic side effects have been reported from mustard oil use, however the oil can have an irritating effect on the mucus membranes. If you have never used mustard oil, start with a small amount to make sure you are not overly sensitive to its effects.