Mustard Oil or Sarso Ka Tel or Sarson La Tel, what every and however you are used to calling it, the magical properties of Mustard Oil is undeniable. The health benefits of Mustard Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as a stimulant, irritant, appetizer, antibacterial, antifungal, insect repellent, hair vitalizer, cordial, diaphoretic, antirheumatic and tonic substance.
Along, with being edible, it also has some amazing benefits when included in your skin care or hair care routines.
Being a rich source of omegAlpha3 and omegAlpha6 fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, it is considered as one of the healthiest oils. It has been used in Ayurveda since times immemorial due to its healing and medicinal properties and is considered beneficial for hair, skin and body.
Here is my 2cents to the many benefits of this magical oil:
Benefits Of Mustard Oil For Skin
1. Removes Tan And Dark Spots
Mustard oil is effective in removing tan and dark spots to give you a naturally glowing skin. All you have to do is, prepare a face mask by mixing:
1/2 tea spoon of mustard oil, 2 table spoons of besan (Bengal gram flour), 1 tea spoon of curd and a few drops of lemon juice and apply it on your face, rinse with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes. This should be done thrice a week for best results.
2. Lightens The Skin
To attain smooth skin texture, apply a mixture of 1/2 tea spoon of mustard oil and 1 tea spoon coconut oil on your face and massage the area in circles for 5-6 minutes. Gently wipe your face with a smooth and wet cotton cloth. This will stimulate blood circulation, thus helping in skin lightening and fighting acne.
3. Natural Sunscreen
Due to its thick consistency and high levels of vitamin E, topical application of this oil protects your skin against the harsh ultraviolet rays and other pollutants, thus preventing skin cancer. Vitamin E prevents ageing and wrinkles besides acting as a sun shield. You need to be a little careful while use mustard oil as sunscreen, due to it pungent nature. Use a very tiny amount to start with. Also, this might not be the best bet for sensitive skin.
4. Treats Rashes And Infections
Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, mustard oil is effective in treating rashes and other skin infections, thus preventing your skin from dryness, dullness and itching. Warm some mustard oil and use it to as body massage, this will rejuvenates and cleans your skin by increasing blood circulation. Besides, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is effective in reducing skin inflammation and facilitates quick healing of cuts and wounds.
5. Lip Care
Mustard oil is a great remedy for dry chapped lips when lip balms or chap sticks prove to be ineffective. Before going to bed, just apply one or two drops of mustard oil on your belly button and you will never have dry or chapped lips. This is an ancient remedy which has proven to be effective in moisturizing and softening your lips. (This is my tried and tested remedy)
Benefits Of Mustard Oil For Hair
Every girls dream is to have Rapunzel like long, thick and lustrous hair. Well! Now we have our good old mustard oil to the rescue, it provides essential nutrients to the hair follicles for proper growth. To help you more here are some tips and tricks:
7. Stimulates Hair Growth
Massaging your scalp with mustard oil stimulates hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. Warm some mustard oil and apply it by making small section, and then massaging it all through your mane for a good 15-20 mins, tie it into a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Let it rest for 30-45 mins and then shampoo and condition as usual. Repeat this at least every fortnightly.
8. Prevents Pre-mature Greying
Mustard oil is effective in preventing premature greying and darkens your hair naturally. Thus, instead of dyeing hair, you can massage your hair with mustard oil every night to see the result.
9. Prevents Hair Loss And Other Scalp Problems
Mustard oil acts as a hair vitalizer to combat hair loss and baldness as well as treat dry and damaged hair. It prevents scalp infections by inhibiting fungal growth and keeping it hydrated.
The best way is to apply a mixture of equal parts of warm mustard, coconut, olive and almond oils and massage your hair for 15 to 20 minutes. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wash your hair after 2 to 3 hours, using a mild shampoo.
10. Add Luster to Dull and Lifeless Hair
Massaging your hear with equal parts of Mustard Oil and aloe Vera gel and bid good bye to dull and lifeless hair. Warm up 1 portion Mustard oil, add equal amount of aloe Vera gel mix well and apply evenly on scalp and hair, massage for 15-20 minutes. Cover your hair up with shower cap, and wash your hair as you do normally.
A few tips before embarking on the journey of using mustard oil
- Always do a patch test before using mustard oil on the skin. Opt for lower strength or cooking mustard oil to avoid rashes etc
- Watch for any adverse reaction/ allergies after introducing mustard oil into your diet
- Choose high quality branded mustard oils and be careful of adulterated oil products
Hence, mustard oil comes in the category of healthiest oils with an array of health benefits whether used as cooking oil or applied topically. However, before using it for cooking or external application, ensure that you are not allergic to it. Discontinue using it if you experience any swelling, extreme irritation or rashes. Moreover, it should not be directly applied on the skin as it can be harsh to sensitive skin. It should be mixed with other oils or ingredients to get maximum benefits.
Source: The Magic Mustard oil