The health benefits of mustard oil may be attributed to its properties such as tonic, anti-rheumatic, diaphoretic, cordial, hair vitalizer, insect repellent, anti-fungal, antibacterial, appetizer, irritant and stimulant.
Mustard oil has several contrary reputations in various parts of the world. This is the most popular oil in India and in Bangladesh. It is also used in Bangladesh and Eastern parts of India as an edible oil. But some health expert say it is toxic and not suitable for edible purposes. The sale of this product is banned in some parts of Europe where it is sold only as a massage oil for external application only. This article focuses on the health benefits of mustard oil.
Health benefits of Mustard Oil:
Following are some of the benefits of mustard oil:
This oil is a very strong stimulant. It is very effective in stimulating excretion, circulation and digestion. If it is used for massaging, it stimulates circulation very effectively. Even the effects are visible. Mustard oil stimulates digestion by stimulating the production of bile and gastric juices in liver and spleen. Even the excretory system is stimulated by mustard oil as the peristaltic movement of intestines is stimulated.
This oil acts like an appetizer and increases hunger. This can be a side effect of the stimulant and irritant nature of this oil. It irritates the inner lining of intestines and stomach, stimulates digestive juices and makes you feel hungry.
Even though it is considered as an irritant, it is beneficial sometimes. Irritation is defined as a reaction of an organ to any external agent and also shows that the organ is responding to the external stimuli. This is the benefit of mustard oil. This property helps in bringing back the sensation to the organs that suffer from lack of sensation or numbness. This property is used for pumping up muscles as well.
It also has antibacterial properties. If taken internally, it combats bacterial infections in urinary tract, excretory system, digestive system, colon and so on. If applied externally, it treats bacterial infections of the skin.
Insects and other small animals stay away from this oil. Hence, mustard oil acts like an insect repellent as well. This oil can also be used in vaporizers and fumigants for driving away insects.
Mustard oil serves like an anti-fungal agent because of Allyl isothiocyanate. It doesn’t allow fungal growth and even inhibits fungal growth if there is any.
The stimulating effect and presence of some fatty acids like linoleic acid and oleic acid, if combined together make an effective hair vitalizer. The stimulating effects of mustard oil enhance blood circulation in scalp whereas its fatty acids nourish the roots of hair. It has been observed that long term use of this oil on the hair gives it a brown color and strengthens them and also prevents hair fall efficiently.
Mustard oil promotes sweating either if taken internally or applied externally. This stimulates sweat glands to secrete more sweat and also enlarges the openings of skin pores. This property of mustard oil is useful in reducing body temperature and also remove the toxins, water and excess salts from the body.
The warm feeling of mustard oil makes it a cordial. This warms up the internal systems like respiratory system and safeguards it from accumulation and formation of phlegm. Also it warms up your body in winter season to some extent. This can be due to the irritating and stimulating effects.
Mustard oil serves as an all rounder tonic for good health. It tones up all the systems in the body, boosts immunity and also gives strength.
Anti-arthritic and anti-rheumatic:
This oil gives relief from arthritis and rheumatism and has been used for massaging.
It is very effective in curing cold, cough, body pains and aches, congestion caused by cold, headache and for muscular growth. Also, it can be rubbed on the gums to strengthen them and also to protect them from germs.