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芥子是一种药用香料，数千年来一直被用于疗愈：富含抗氧化物、植物营养元素、维生素和矿物质诸如维生素A、C、K、E、B复合物、钙、铁、硒和锌；还富含必需脂肪酸诸如ω-3、ω-6和油酸。 芥子的辣味和辛辣味可刺激食欲，并可使唾液分泌物增加高达8倍之多，有助于促进消化和中和毒素，防止消化不良和腹胀。芥子对于降低血压和胆固醇，加速新陈代谢，减少偏头痛的发生频率，预防动脉粥样硬化和癌症高度有益。 芥子具有抗真菌和抗感染特性，因此可以净化消化道并帮助身体排毒。芥子是皮肤病的最佳治疗方法之一，因为可以排出血液中的杂质，并减缓扔出细胞垃圾的皮脂腺的活动。芥子粉加入盆浴非常好，因为可以促进血液流向皮肤并排出体内毒素。 芥子油会给予皮肤“变暖”的感觉，有助于缓解肌肉疼痛、关节疼痛和风湿问题。芥子油用于头皮可以刺激毛发生长，并且可以通过膏状或热敷以减少扭伤或拉伤对身体的影响。芥子油也可以用于胸部和鼻窦的按摩，帮助放松肺和鼻窦中的堵塞。在古代，芥子被认为是如此地强大，因此被战略性地放在家周围，以帮助抵御恶灵。 芥子可以整粒或粉末状加入汤、土豆、蔬菜和米饭中。如果你喜欢芥末，可以将芥子新鲜研磨/碾碎与苹果醋、盐和其他香料混合制成新鲜的芥末，还可以加入生蜂蜜以提升其风味和健康益处。
Mustard seeds are a medicinal spice that have been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Mustard seeds are rich in antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, K, E, B-complex, calcium, iron, selenium, and zinc. They are also high in essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6, and oleic acid.
Mustard seeds spicy and pungent flavor are known to stimulate the appetite and can increase salivation by as much as eight times. They help to promote digestion and neutralize toxins which prevents indigestion and bloating. Mustard seeds are highly beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, speeding up metabolism, reducing the frequency of migraines, and preventing atherosclerosis and cancer.
Mustard seeds have anti-fungal and anti-septic properties which makes them good for cleansing the digestive tract and detoxifying the body. They are one of the best treatments for skin diseases as its rids the blood of excess impurities and slows the activities of the sebaceous glands which throw off cellular debris. Mustard seed powder works exceptionally well in the bath as it increases the blood flow to the skin and removes toxins from the body.
Mustard oil creates a “warming” sensation on the skin which helps to relieve muscle pain, arthritic pain, and rheumatism. Mustard oil is also known to stimulate hair growth when applied to the scalp and can be used a poultice or hot compresses to help reduce the impact of a sprain or strain to the body. Mustard oil can also be massaged into the chest and sinuses to help loosen up congestion in the lungs and sinuses. In ancient times, mustard seeds were believed to be so powerful and potent that they were strategically placed around the home to help ward off evil spirits.
Mustard seeds can be used whole, ground, or powdered in soups, sandwiches, potato, vegetable, and rice dishes. If you love prepared mustard, consider making it fresh at home by grinding/crushing mustard seeds and mixing with some apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and spices of choice. Raw honey can also be added for additional flavor and health benefits. Mustard seeds, mustard powder, and mustard oil can be found online or at your local health food store.