picture: mid-August 2004
Europe and Asia
annual (self seeding)
antibacterial, counterirritant/rubefacient, carminative, diuretic, stimulant
stimulating the digestion and circulation, topically as counterirritant to treat rheumatic pain
Mustard Poultice: mix 100 grams (4 ounces) of freshly ground mustard seeds with warm water (at about 45 degrees C) to form a thick paste.
Spread on a piece of cloth the size of the body area to be covered. To stop the paste sticking to the skin, lay a dampened gauze on the skin. Apply the cloth and remove after 1 minute.
The skin may be reddened by this treatment which can be eased by applying olive oil afterward. (from David Hoffman, Holistic Herbal)
Although sometimes very spicy, we love eating the mustard flowers and they are a nice spicy addition to salads or even stir-frys.
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