Classic yellow, honey Dijon, spicy brown ... whatever flavor you savor, no burger or hot dog is complete without a drop of mustard. This tangy condiment comes in a wide variety of styles, but did you know that it also has a wide array of alternative uses? Believe it or not, mustard can do a lot more than just perk up your BBQ.
According to Livestrong, mustard can be very beneficial to your health. Yellow mustard is full of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other vitamins that can be used in an assortment of ways – from revitalizing your skin to even crushing cancer!
Heinz and French’s have the ancient Egyptians to thank for mustard. The first mustard was created from a blend of unfermented wine and mustard seeds. The Egyptians called their new mixture "must" before introducing it to the Romans who continued to spread the word of this delicious sauce.
So, what else can this magic mustard do? Let’s take a look at 10 surprising alternative uses.
If you suffer from obnoxious leg cramps, let mustard be your medicine. A tablespoon of yellow mustard can banish annoying cramps and prevent them from coming back. What a yummy remedy!
No need for burn cream – just grab some French's. After running cold water over the affected area, apply a layer of mustard onto the burn. The allyl isothiocyanate in mustard works as a healing agent, which will soothe the burn and will also prevent any blistering. Pretty neat, huh?
Relieve A Sore Throat
Cough drops and herbal teas are common remedies for a sore throat, but there is a special mustard-based blend that works, too. Make a mixture from one tablespoon of mustard seeds, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of clear honey, juice from half a lemon, and one-and-a-quarter cup of boiling water. Blend all your ingredients together and let it sit. After it cools down, gargle the solution to help ease your sore throat. This is a great money-saver!
Ward Off Cancer
Now this is a surprising one! According to a study in science journal Carcinogenesis, the allyl isothiocyanate( AITC) found in mustard can fight off cancer. Research has shown that mustard can significantly prevent cancer growth and could be the key to curing cancer once and for all. It has been found particularly effective for bladder cancer. Who knew our fridges were housing such a powerful food?
There's nothing better for sore, achy muscles than a good bath with Epsom salt. To really bring out the therapeutic qualities of the salt, combine two tablespoons of mustard to one tablespoon of Epsom salt. Soaking in this mixture will put your whole body at ease.
You can target specific problem areas by creating a mustard-based paste. Just combine one part mustard seeds to two parts flour and add water until you achieve the desired consistency. Fold your goop into a cloth and bandage it onto the sore area. You should feel the pain melt away after about 20 to 30 minutes. It's like magic!
Deep Hair Conditioner
Typically, I hate getting mustard in my hair, but it actually can do it some good. Massage a palm-sized amount of oil into your hair after using your normal conditioner. Let it sit for eight hours or more to produce silky, smooth locks.
Banish Pesky Garden Pests
I love gardening, but I hate sharing my produce with unwanted guests. Mustard works as a great pest repellant. Just pour some yellow mustard onto a tin plate and put it in the corner of your garden bed. The potent scent will ward off deer and other animals who want to keep all your veggies for themselves.
Blast Away Unwanted Scents
While mustard has its own strong smell, mustard powder can actually destroy other unwanted scents. If you're looking to recycle a bottle or container but can't shake the leftover aura, clean it out with some mustard powder and hot water. Shake well and rinse it out. Notice anything? The unwanted scent is gone!
Rejuvenate Your Skin
In addition to easing painful burns, mustard can help revitalize your skin. The vitamin E, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties stockpiled in mustard can lift away dark spots and regenerate skin cells. Just rub a little onto the skin and let it sit for about 15 minutes to make your skin feel like new.
The remedies just keep coming. To top everything off, mustard also serves as a natural decongestant. According to WebMD, rubbing some mustard onto your chest can help you battle your cold. Apply a hot, damp washcloth onto the mustard to open up your airways. Move over, ketchup. Mustard is clearly the king of condiments!
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