Forgotten European Remedy Brings Instant Relief to Colds, Congestion, and Arthritis Pain (How to Make It)
If you lived in the 20th century and were sick with flu or cold, your doctor and family would have put a hot mustard patch in order to aid your body to sweat out the illness.
This remedy is one of the forgotten old century remedies that in the past may have been overhyped.
However, this European remedy is making its comeback after the modern science confirmed its benefits. The use of mustard seeds as medicine is traced back to the Egyptians, in their tombs there were seeds.
The credit for creating mustard plaster (mix of mustard seeds with other ingredients in a fabric pocket used for the skin) goes to the ancient Greeks.
It is believed that even Hippocrates the Greek physician used these plasters to treat rheumatism, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
However, some of the former uses of this remedy actually showed little effect. When the American president Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865 at Ford’s Theater, mustard plasters were put, but that was not enough to save the president.
In addition, the Romans used this remedy for scorpion and snake bites, but that was also not efficient.
On the other hand, the ability of mustard plaster to fight the flu, colds, and help relieve arthritis are actually well-documented benefits which are still popular in Europe, and now this remedy is coming back to the United States.
The mustard plaster unlike modern medicines has 1 potential side effect and also this remedy can be easily made at home, unlike the pharmaceutical products.
Flu, i.e., influenza is a respiratory illness which is caused by a virus. The flu is contagious and normally is spread by the sneezes and coughs of an infected person. Although the flu is unpleasant, do not worry because it is rarely life-threatening.
The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection which is induced by different viruses. It is transmitted by direct contact with some infected secretions or by infected airborne droplets.
Symptoms of a common cold are a runny nose, cough, sneezing and sore throat.
The arthritis is actually a common condition but is not well understood. In fact, it is not a single disease. Arthritis is an informal way of referring to a joint disease or joint pain.
There are up to 100 different kinds of arthritis and similar related conditions. Arthritis is the leading reason of disability in the United States and people of all genders, ages and races do and can have arthritis.
Moreover, around 300,000 children and 50 million adults have arthritis. This condition is more common among women, and this condition is more frequent as the candles on the cake increase.
How to Prepare a Mustard Plaster
When it comes to mustard plasters, there are many ways to prepare this remedy. However, there is one recipe which is the simplest and the oldest and to make it you only need 3 ingredients.
- Warm water
- Flour – 8 tbsp.
- Dry mustard – 1 tbsp.
You need to mix all ingredients until you obtain a spreadable and smooth paste. After that, you need to spread the paste across a sack towel, 3 sheets of cotton fabric or cheesecloth and then fold it.
Remember, this paste should not come into direct contact with your skin.
How to Properly Use Mustard Plaster
After you make the mustard plaster, you need to apply it for maximum 20 minutes at a time. If you use mustard plaster for a child older than 6 years old, you need to apply it for a maximum of 10 minutes.
Do not use it on younger children unless you have previously consulted a naturopathic doctor. You can place the plaster on the back, on the shoulders, on the lower ribs, near your neck and on the chest.
You will also need a clean, warm towel. Use the towel to promote sweating and cover the area.
After you are done with the procedure, you need to remove the plaster and always make sure to wash off the skin. You can do this procedure once per day for 3 days.
One Side Effect
One side effect of using mustard plater is the fact that if you leave it for too long, it can burn the skin. That is why for adults is recommended to use it only 20 minutes, and for children above 6 to use it only 10 minutes.
Leaving mustard plasters overnight can lead to blisters and burns. To stay on the safe side, every 5 minutes take a peek under the plaster to check your skin. In case your skin looks redder than it normally is, you need to remove the plaster earlier.
Health Benefits and Uses of Mustard Plaster
The mustard plasters generate heat and bring more circulation and blood flow to your affected area. That helps to stimulate a cough, loosen phlegm and clear congestion.
Also, the heat helps combat infections and bring down the temperature of the body through sweating in case of fever.
Moreover, the mustard seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, and that is why these seeds are usually used to treat arthritis pain and other types of pain. The mustard provides detoxifying abilities and can draw toxins out.
Here Are 9 Ailments That This Remedy Can Treat
- Poor circulation
- Back pain
- Sore Muscles
Other Methods – Mustard Baths and Mustard Poultice as Used by Olympic Athletes
Another way to put mustard seeds on the body to generate heat is mustard poultice. This is different than the mustard plaster; it needs a carrier such as starch, hot oatmeal, and flax seeds.
The carrier helps retain heat. Furthermore, the mustard poultice can be applied for a longer time because it contains a lower amount of mustard seeds compared to other ingredients.
However, the mustard poultices are not as famous as the mustard plasters. In the 21st century, one mustard use gained popularity that is the mustard bath.
A mustard bath is made by putting essential oils and mustard seed to the hot water bath. This is commonly used for soothing of the muscles.
According to Dr. Benjamin Alman of the Medical School of Duke University, this is a new way of use for the old therapy. This type of therapy is used by Natalie Coughlin, the Olympic swimmer.
In fact, this mustard bath can be bought online to put directly to a foot soak and hot bath water. Its use is the same as the mustard plasters you should use it only 20 minutes at a time.
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