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.

Additional Reading:

How to Use Mustard Oil to Improve Your Health

Mustard Seeds – An Overview

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