You are what you eat…The benefits of Mustard Seeds.
Those tiny little seeds belong to the Brassica family and do they contain a bounty of benefits to your health and beauty.
I am loving what I am discovering about all these seeds and herbs we have so much at our fingers tips or growing naturally in our environment which benefit us for little or no money…Some effort? Yes, but some of that is minimal.
How long does it take to mix some mustard seeds with lavender or rose oil and you have a completely natural scrub and skin exfoliator?
Mix mustard powder with Aloe Vera and it is a natural skin hydrator…I am lucky that I have some growing in my garden…Do you or could you grow some?
I do think that more and more of us are becoming aware of just what we can make or grow and that is good…
Better for our health and easier on our pockets…
Mustard seeds have been found to have been mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit writings which go back 5,000years. They have been mentioned at least 5 times in the Bible and in the New Testament, The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a grain of mustard seed.
There are about 40 varieties of Mustard seed but generally, they are divided into 3 principal categories of black, white and brown.
Black is the most pungent and is found growing in the Middle East.
White mustard seeds are actually yellow in colour and come from the Mediterranean region, the mildest in flavour and American yellow mustard is made from these.
Brown mustard seeds are actually dark yellow and grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and are what Dijon mustard is made from.
There have and are currently many studies in the health benefits of mustard seeds and they are known to contain plentiful amounts of phytonutrients called Glucosinolates. They are also an excellent source of Selenium and Magnesium which is proven to help reduce inflammation in this case particularly beneficial in the gastrointestinal tract and colectoral cancers.
They have also been found to be an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, copper and Vit B1.
The powder can be used as an effective muscle soak.
Also due to containing sulphur mustard has excellent antifungal properties.
It can be used in your diet in many ways, it can be used to baste meat or fish, a dip for vegetables or add the seeds to cabbage at the end of cooking.
Here is my recipe for homemade mustard
Until next time enjoy!