Mustard plaster has amazing health benefits. Mustard plasters and poultices are tried and true remedies to relieve arthritic joints, sciatica, neck pain, backache, neuralgia, and muscle pain. The mustard plasters work by dilating the blood vessels to promote the increase of blood flow to the surface of the skin. This warms the affected area and removes any toxins from that area. Poultices and plasters are also used to relieve respiratory infections and helps treat chest congestion, pneumonia, bronchitis, and croup.
Mustard Plasters Uses
1. For Chest Congestion & Bronchitis- It has been used for centuries to treat chest congestion. It is a very effective home remedy that can be used for both adults and children. When we get cold and flu, the main problem is the phlegm, many of us find it hard to cough out the phlegm. Applying mustard plaster on the chest helps greatly in bringing out the phlegm. Mustard increases circulation and heat to the area that it is applied, thus helping in bring out the phlegm. Many get scared of applying mustard plaster because of getting burnt, but applying the mustard like shown in this recipe is very safe.
2. For Boils- Mustard plaster is an effective way to reduce the infection and treat the boils quickly. Apply the mustard plaster over the boils to make them mature and drain fast.
3. For Fevers- As mustard plasters warms up the body, it encourages perspiration thus bringing down the body temperature. 4. For Arthritis- Since mustard has anti inflammatory properties, applying a warm plaster over the joints greatly helps in easing the pain.
5. For Detox- Mustard plasters are known for their effectiveness in bringing out the toxins from the body. Although you can use store bought mustard powders, I prefer using my own homemade mustard powder, as it is the most effective. If you are using store bought mustard powder, make sure to use from a pack that you have opened up recently.
How to make mustard plasters
A mustard plaster is made by using 4 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons dry mustard (find it here) , and lukewarm water. A paste is made that is easily spread but not too watery.
Take a thick cloth and spread the mustard paste on it. Now apply a thin coat of coconut or olive oil on the skin, that plaster has to be applied.
Apply the plaster over the thin coat of oil and cover with a hot wet towel. Take the plaster out after 20 to 30 minutes, once the heat from the towel has reduced.
If you have a very sensitive skin, cover the mustard paste with another thin cloth and then apply on top of the skin. Please make sure to check the skin periodically to see if there is any redness or irritation, especially if you are using it for the first time