Mustard is a common annual of fields and waysides, growing 1-2ft. (30-60cm.) high. Wild mustard greens are eaten like spinach or put in salads for their slightly peppery taste. Both black (Brassica nigra) and white mustard (Sinapsis alba) are used in cooking and medicines. The leaves, flowers, seeds, and oils of black mustard arc used, but only the seeds of white mustard. A third type, brown mustard (B.juncea) also known as Indian or Chinese mustard, has only culinary applications.
FLOWER ESSENCE USES
Mustard is one of the remedies for those not sufficiently interested in present circumstances. A dark cloud of gloom or deep depression comes from nowhere and blocks out the sun with heavy feelings of melancholy and sadness. There may be no reason for the feeling, and it may lift just as suddenly as it arrived. Under the “dark cloud,” it is hard for the sufferer to muster any feeling of happiness or hope.
Mustard plasters and poultices are very effective treatments for chest infections.
Mustard oil is beneBcial in relieving pain in arthritic joints, and chilblains, and can help in the treatment of skin eruptions.
A mustard footbath (one teaspoon of mustard powder added to a bowl of hot water) is a traditional remedy for colds and headaches.
Mustard powder mixed with water makes a powerful emetic when taken in large doses.
Mustard can be used as an expectorant.
The Boiling Method
Mustard flowers throughout the late spring and early summer. Pick bright open flowers and the whole flowerhead above any faded flowers and seed pods. Pick from a wide area and from as many plants as possible.
All clouds pass. Mustard lightens our mood and gives us faith to keep on going. Although these attacks seem to come from nowhere, they are not independent. The mood comes to fill a vacant space, a vacuum of the spirit. This may be very deep and subconscious and other remedies may be needed to support the core of the person.
Black mustard and white mustard are warming herbs that stimulate the circulatory and digestive systems. White mustard relieves pain and is a diuretic and an antibiotic.
- The seeds of white mustard should not be handled or used by anyone but a qualified practitioner.
- The seeds and oil of black mustard may cause blistering of the skin in sensitive people after prolonged contact.
White mustard seed is a potent irritant when in contact with the skin and mucous membrane.