Mustard is commonly termed as Sarshapa in Ayurveda. It is used internally as well as externally in the form of oil, powder and paste.
Properties of Mustard According to Ayurveda-
- Guna (qualities)- Laghu (light), Snigdha (unctuous).
- Rasa (taste)- Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter).
- Vipaka (Post- digestion)- Katu (pungent).
- Veerya (potency)- Ushna (hot).
- Effect on Dosha- Vata Kaphahara (pacifies vata and kapha) and increases pitta.
Health Benefits of Mustard
- Improves your digestion and prevents flatulence, pain abdomen, and worm infestation.
- Reduces inflammation,itching and prevents recurrence of contact dermatitis.
- Mustard paste application fastens the suppuration of boils or abscess, reduces joint swelling, stiffness, and pain.
- Decrease bad cholesterol, blood pressure and promotes a healthy heart.
- It is a good expectorant and decongestant, very beneficial in sinusitis and productive cough.
- Stimulates hair growth and strengthen the hair roots.
- Enhances thyroid function.
- Mustard is the source of calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.