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Mustard Oil Benefits: Health Facts on Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil Benefits: Health Facts on Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil Benefits

Mustard oil is an overlooked powerhouse that’s loaded with health and beauty benefits. Sure, everybody’s heard of mustard, but not everyone has heard of mustard oil. Don’t worry, because by the end of this page you’re going to have a greater appreciation for all the benefits mustard oil has to offer, assuming you haven’t shopped around online to buy yourself a bottle before you’re through the list.

Let’s get started.

Mustard Oil for HAIR

Hair Growth Stimulation:

Don’t have the head full of hair that you want? Mustard oil can help fix that by increasing the blood circulation to your scalp, as well as revitalize it with the following nutrients:

  • Beta-Carotene (which converts into Vitamin A)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

All of these contribute to helping your hair grow, so find that bald spot and slather some mustard oil on. Well, perhaps “slather” is the wrong word, but definitely massage it into your scalp thoroughly for a good ten to fifteen minutes. You may be surprised to see some positive results.

Hair Loss Prevention:

Now that you’ve got hair, you don’t want to lose it, right? Fortunately mustard oil for hair growth stimulation is also mustard oil for hair retention. Contrary to the old saying: you CAN have your cake and eat it!

There’s a bit of a cocktail involved with this, so you’ll be blending together a combination of:

  • Mustard oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Olive oil

Take these oils, mix them together, and spread the overall concoction through your hair and scalp. Don’t just run it through; really massage it into your scalp for at least fifteen minutes.

Your hair is certainly going to feel slick after this, but don’t wash it out just yet – take a shower cap and place it over your hair, letting it sit for the next two or three hours before washing the oils out.

You can start doing this at least three times per week as per naturallycurly.com, monitoring your results. After just a couple of weeks you should notice that any damaged hair you have has been repaired and revitalized.

Note: Although we just touched on this, you could you simply use mustard oil for hair growth – this particular blend of oils works great for the same purpose.

Prevent Hair from Going Gray:

There are plenty of natural oils that help darken hair, and mustard oil is no different. However, this also includes prevention of hair graying. There are expensive dyes and overpriced supplements on the market that are designed to help you avoid this, but before you buy into their hype, try using mustard oil first.

Here’s the simple 3-step process:

  • Coat your hair thoroughly with mustard oil
  • Wait about a half-hour
  • Wash the mustard oil out

Super easy. Just do this once each night before you shower and you’ll be set!

Know that there are several methods to this that involve combining mustard oil with another ingredient. However, keep things simple for now and try this process with mustard oil alone. If you want increased results or aren’t getting what you were hoping for, THEN try including other remedies.

Mustard Oil for SKIN

Famous for Massage:

Mustard oil for skin massage is fantastic for the following reasons:

  • It rejuvenates the skin
  • It protects against UV rays
  • It increases blood flow wherever it’s applied

Mustard oil is very slick and allows attentive hands to glide easily along the skin. Having your back thoroughly massaged with mustard oil isn’t just a pleasant experience, but it’s very good for you!

Great for Skin Complexion:

We touched on how mustard oil can protect against UV rays and increase blood circulation, but there’s something about it that just makes your skin “shine”. You might think that since it’s oil, it would naturally make your skin seem greasy. However, the shine isn’t greasy at all, but instead a subtle uplift in skin vibrancy.

Here’s a quick list of what mustard oil is great for:

  • Beautifying your skin
  • Erasing scar tissue
  • Smoothing skin wrinkles
  • Removing pimples and acne

There’s a lot to gain by using this stuff. Want to try it out for yourself?

Knead the mustard oil into the skin on your face. Don’t be rough, just massage it in for about five minutes. Let it sit for fifteen minutes or so then wash it off. If you’ve put mustard oil in your hair then you’re already going to be waiting for at least a half-hour, so apply it to your face at the same time to kill two birds with one stone.

Try it out.

Treat Rashes, Infections, Inflammation, and Dry Skin:

Since it’s very healthy in pretty much every sense, we highly recommend that you start using mustard oil for skin problems. It has natural anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, so rub it in wherever you have these issues and watch as they disappear!

Yes, when stated like that it almost sounds like a cheap trick. It’s no trick though, and we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results you get when you try it out.

Want a place to start? Consider this …

Do you have trouble with chapped lips? Each night, just as you’re about to sleep, put two or three drops of mustard oil into your navel… yes, you read that correctly, put two or three drops of mustard oil into your navel. So long as you do this every night, you should never have to worry about having chapped lips again.

Opens Pores and Helps the Body Detoxify:

When you apply the mustard oil for skin care reasons, you’re also going to be opening up the pores beneath. So if you’re getting a massage with mustard oil, your pores are also opening up to allow more sweat through, and thus will purge your body of toxins more quickly.

Note: This is one of the benefits of mustard oil that isn’t limited to the outside of your body. When you consume it, you’ll still get a similar effect in that your pores open up and you sweat more easily.

Mustard Oil for HEALTH

Eases Joint Pain and Arthritis:

You’ve probably learned by now that mustard oil is something of a wonder remedy.

Consider sore joints.

Do you have knee pain? Back pain? Elbow pain? Carpal Tunnel? Wherever you have joints that hurt, just heat up some mustard oil and apply it to the affected area.

To get the most out of the mustard oil, be sure to take a spoonful each day along with whatever you apply externally. Your joints will thank you for it.

Stimulates Appetite and Digestion:

Not everybody wants to “stimulate appetite”, since it tends to be associated with wanting to eat more – the opposite of wanting to eat less and lose weight.

Even so, the health benefits of mustard oil are very prominent in this regard since it moves everything along your digestive tract more quickly and smoothly. Digestive “juices” are increased and so the process is optimized and accelerated.

Reduce Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease:

Want a healthy heart? Be sure to take your daily dose of mustard oil.

Mustard oil has been documented and been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 70%, largely in part by its positive effect of lowering cholesterol levels. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s a magic supplement that allows you to go nuts with a bad diet. However, it does mean mustard oil can definitely play a part in maintaining a healthy heart.

So what about cancer?

Well, mustard oil has shown to contain a particular phytonutrient (that’s science talk for a nutrient found in plants) that’s known to fight cancer in your gastrointestinal tract and colon. So if you’ve got cancer problems in those bodily regions, or if you just want to play it safe and make sure you don’t start having problems, then remember your daily dose of mustard oil.

Cold and Cough Treatment:

Feeling a bit under the weather? Take a spoonful of mustard oil to start easing your cough. On top of that, apply it to your chest liberally and inhale the strong aroma, which will start clearing away the phlegm and mucus buildup in your body.

Conclusion

If there are drawbacks to mustard oil, we certainly haven’t found them.

If you have any desires (or conditions) that meet the criteria of what we’ve just gone over, then now’s the time for you to put the benefits of mustard oil to the test. Go grab a bottle, follow the steps listed above, and try it out for yourself.

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2 Comments

  1. Sheen

    January 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Does mustard oil darken skin?

    • Pete Galigher

      January 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Sheen

      Not that I am aware of. I wouldn’t worry about it, but if you do have any concerns, your safest bet is to visit the doctor for the exact medial advice you require.

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