Benefits of Mustard Oil

An Overview

Mustard oil is a natural oil that is extracted from the seeds of the mustard plant, scientifically or botanically named Brassica juncea. The oil may also be known by many other names, depending on what language you speak or where you’re from: Sarson ka tel in Hindi, Sarso tel in Bengali, Kadugu Ennai in Tamil, Ava Nune in Telugu, Rainu tel in Gujarati, Moharich tel in Marathi, Kadukenna in Malayalam, and Sorisha tela in Oriya. Mustard oil, which is produced from the seeds of the mustard plant, is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine.

The oil can either be extracted by pressing the seeds of the mustard plant or grinding them, mixing them with water, and extracting through distillation. Mustard oil contains many different healthy nutrients that could potentially outweigh the risks, depending on your body and health circumstances. The oil contains the ideal ratio of Omega 3s to Omega 6s, as well as a very low amount of saturated fats. The percentages of the fat concentrations found in mustard oil are as follows: 0% monounsaturated fats, 21% polyunsaturated fats, and 12% saturated fats. Otherwise, the oil actually does not contain any vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber or carbohydrates.

Top benefits of Mustard oil

May block microbial growth

Some studies have found that mustard essential oil possesses powerful antimicrobial properties and may help block the growth of certain types of harmful bacteria. According to one test-tube study, white mustard essential oil decreased the growth of several strains of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereu.
Another test-tube study compared the antibacterial effects of essential oils like mustard, thyme, and Mexican oregano with pathogenic bacteria. It found that mustard essential oil was the most effective

Heart health

One of the biggest health benefits provided by mustard oil comes from its limited nutritional composition of fatty acids. This oil contains the ideal ratio of polyunsaturated fats to saturated fats, or Omega 3s to Omega 6s, which is three to one. Monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are very healthy nutrients that can promote better heart health, prevent premature signs of aging, boost hair growth, and lighten the skin.
On that note, mustard oil has been studied and proven to be very beneficial in promoting a healthy heart. The healthy, essential fatty acids contained in the oil help lower bad cholesterol levels and aid in stimulating blood flow and circulation.

May alleviate pain

Mustard oil contains allyl isothiocyanate, a chemical compound that has been well studied for its effect on pain receptors in the body. Although research in humans is lacking, one animal study found that administering mustard oil to the drinking water of mice desensitized certain pain receptors and helped treat widespread pain. Mustard oil is also rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid that may help decrease inflammation and relieve pain caused by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
However, keep in mind that prolonged topical exposure to pure mustard oil has been shown to cause serious skin burns

Antimicrobial properties

Mustard oil is often used for its powerful antibacterial properties in either internal or external applications. When used externally, the oil also provides powerful anti-fungal properties.
Consumption of the essential oil could help fight bacterial infections found inside parts of the digestive system, like the colon or intestines.
Some studies have even shown that it could help kill bacteria found in the mouth and may, therefore, be useful as a treatment during root canal procedures. Research published back in 2004 found that mustard oil combined with honey was an effective treatment for dental bacteria and could be used when performing root canal treatment.

Reduces inflammation

Traditionally, mustard oil has been used topically to relieve symptoms of arthritis, soothe pain and discomfort, and decrease inflammation caused by conditions like pneumonia or bronchitis. While current research is mostly limited to animal studies, one study in mice found that consuming mustard seed decreased several markers of psoriasis-induced inflammation. Mustard oil is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids are involved in regulating inflammatory processes in the body and may help decrease oxidative stress and inflammation

Gum disease and oral health

Gum disease is a major issue around the world especially in developing countries where some 80% of adults suffer from the disease. Peridontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can result in severe pain and the loss of teeth in adults. Oral inflammation does not only impact the mouth but can also have an adverse effect on a person’s immune system. Clinical trials have been done to examine the effect of rubbing a combination of salt and mustard oil onto the gums.

Skin health

Mustard oil is commonly used in topical applications, especially in massage therapy due to its warming and pain-relieving properties. Some sources note high levels of vitamin E found in the oil; although, many others have said that there are no vitamins present at all.
Vitamin E can contribute significantly to healthy, soft skin, and it would also help reduce premature signs of aging like wrinkles or fine lines. The oil may also be used to help heal cracked heels or brittle or breaking nails.

Boosts circulation

When massaged into your body, the warming properties of mustard oil may also help stimulate the circulation of blood around the body and to the skin. Mustard oil is often combined with certain essential oils in India to help promote the flow of blood around the body. As well as its physical benefits, massaging the oils into your body can act as an effective, natural stress buster.


Applied topically, mustard oil is effective at healing sunburns and reducing signs of aging. Its high concentration of vitamin E may help protect your skin from environmental toxins and harmful UV rays. However, excessive use may attract pollution and dust. It is best to use this oil in small amounts. Apply it after sun exposure to avoid allergic reactions. It is also effective as a facial mask.

If you are experiencing sunburns, you should apply a cool compress as soon as possible. It helps soothe the skin by preventing dead tissue from forming. Another option is to soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it to the affected area. Do not rub too hard or you may irritate the burned area. You should apply the cool compress several times a day. You can also apply fat-free milk mixed with cold water to soothe the burn.
The application of mustard to burnt skin has been used for centuries. This is because mustard has been believed to take away heat from the skin. When applied to the skin, the mustard acts differently on different people.

Hair health 

The nutrients found in mustard oil including omega fatty acids can help nourish your hair, help it grow and become stronger and healthier and more attractive. To use the oil on your hair, massage a little mustard oil mixed with coconut oil into your hair and scalp. Wrap a warm towel over your hair and leave it in place for 20 minutes letting the oils penetrate your hair follicles and your skin. Because mustard oil boosts circulation to the skin and scalp, it might also help stimulate hair to grow.

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