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The Healing Power Of Mustard Seed. It Can Cure That? by omobajesus: 10:55am On Dec 17, 2008
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Mustard is a word that, for many of us, draws up an image of backyard grilling, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

The word as we know it comes from the Middle English, mustarde, which means "condiment."

It, in turn, came from the Old French, mo(u)starde, which is from the Common Romance, mosto. Mosto derives directly from the Latin mustum, from which we get our English term "must" to indicate new wine, or the unfermented juice that is being processed for wine. Originally, the condiment we know as mustard was made by mixing grape juice with mustard powder.

It is believed that mustard was first cultivated in India around 3000BC and came to Britain with the Romans. Although recipes for mustard paste appear as early as 42 AD, the use of mustard as a condiment was not widely practiced in either Greece or Rome.

When it was used, however, diners crushed mustard seed on their plate and mixed it with wine or water to suit their taste. The Romans took the seed to Gaul and, by the ninth century, French monasteries were bringing in considerable income from mustard preparations. By the13th century, mustard was one of the items offered by Parisian sauce-hawkers, who walked the streets at dinner peddling their savory wares.


Where is this mustard powder obtained? Mustard powder is made from crushing the seed of the mustard plant, native to Eurasia. The tiny seeds, perhaps 250,000 per pound, are very pungent.

On their own, they are bitter and biting. There are two main types of mustard seeds: the relatively mild white mustard seed and the extra-strong brown or oriental mustard seed. As a condiment, as we have seen, the seeds are crushed into a powder and mixed with liquids to form a paste.

Today, powdered mustard seed is likely to be mixed with wine, vinegar, beer, or water and various spices, such as tumeric. The leaves of the mustard plant can also be used for food, similar to kale, turnip greens, or spinach. It has been said that there is no part of the mustard plant that cannot be utilized.

Many kinds of prepared mustards can be found on supermarket shelves today, but they all have the same basic ingredients. They range from prepared mild yellow mustard (the hot-dog favorite) to Dijon and Bordeaux mustards which derive their distinct flavors from the French wines they are made with.

There are also hot mustards which are peppery and brown: English, Düsseldorf, German, and Bahamian. American horseradish-mustard is also particularly spicy.

Mustard seed is used in pickling, sausage making, and in boiling vegetables such as cabbage.

This is the mustard seed that yellow prepared mustard is made from. The finest Canadian mustard seeds, these are great in all kinds of meat dishes, for summer sausage, or to create your own mustard.

Mustard is one of the most widely used condiments on the planet. Prized for its oils, mustard plants grow wild in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, and is grown commercially in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

During processing, the useful oils are extracted from the mustard plant, leaving mustard seed meal, or MSM, as a byproduct. Scientists are searching for innovative uses for mustard seed meal, hoping to increase profitability for mustard producers.

Several products derived from natural sources are currently used as pest control substances for greenhouse plants.
MSM and other byproducts of the expanding biofuels industry are being studied as solutions for controlling pests while offering the potential to increase profitability of biofuel production.

The use of herbicides in container-grown ornamentals is often limited as a result of the lack of registered products for use in greenhouses and the difficulty in assuring crop safety on numerous species grown in ornamental nurseries. Can MSM offer a solution?

Dr. Rick Boydston and colleagues at the USDA recently published a report of their study of MSM's usefulness as an herbicide for container-grown ornamental plants. In the study, seed meal of mustard was applied to soil surfaces to evaluate its effect on several common weeds in container-grown ornamentals.

MSM applied to the soil surface of containers at 113, 225, and 450 g•m-2 reduced the number of annual bluegrass seedlings by 60%, 86%, and 98%, respectively, and the number of common chickweed seedlings by 61%, 74%, and 73%, respectively, at eight weeks after treatment.

"Surface-applied MSM may control weeds in container-grown ornamentals without injuring the crop", summarized Boydston. In addition, MSM provides about five percent nitrogen and contributes to the nutrient needs of the crop."

"MSM has the potential to be developed as a selective herbicide for annual weed control in ornamental containers and further research could identify additional tolerant and susceptible species of both weeds and ornamentals", Boydston noted. Cost may be a factor in the long-term use of MSM, he noted, adding, "Transportation of MSM from oil-crushing facilities to end users will be a major factor influencing the overall cost of MSM".

Mustard is a well known spice that has a long history of medicinal use in stimulating internal and external applications.  Externally, the rubefacient action of Mustard Seed causes a mild irritation to the skin, stimulating the circulation in that area, and relieving muscular and skeletal pain.  Internally, its stimulating, diaphoretic action promote sweating and can help reduce fevers and relieve symptoms of colds and flu.
 
History and Uses.     
                                                                     
Mustard Seed is widely-cultivated annual that may be found growing wild in many parts of the world.  The part of this plant used medicinally is the seed, which is collected when ripe in late summer.

The English word, Mustard, is derived from the Latin words, mustum ardens, meaning "burning must," describing the popular grape wine (mustum) that was mixed with ground mustard seeds.  In Medieval Europe, Mustard was one of the most common spices used to flavor the bland diet of the time. 

By the fourteenth century, Dijon, France, had been established as a Mustard center, supported by the Dukes of Burgundy, and today, Düsseldorf is one of the main Mustard regions of Germany.  At one time, surgeons disinfected their hands with a paste of mustard. 

The primary chemical constituents of  Mustard Seed include glucosinolates (sinigrin), sinapine, enzyme (myrosin), mucilage, protein and sulphur.  When taken internally, the seeds are laxative, mainly because of the mucilage they produce, but only small doses are advised as they may inflame the stomach. 

The stimulating, diaphoretic action can also be utilized for fevers, colds and influenza.  But this well-known herb has its primary medicinal use as a stimulating external application. 

The rubefacient action causes a mild irritation to the skin, stimulating the circulation in that area to relieve muscular and skeletal pain.  An infusion or poultice of Mustard will aid in cases of bronchitis and pleurisy, and it is often taken as a tea, or ground and sprinkled into a bath. 

There are other Mustard species that can be used interchangeably with White Mustard (Sinapsis alba), and they include Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) and Brown Mustard (Brassica juncea).

Recommended Dosage:
** Take two (2) Capsules, one (1) time each day with water at a morning or mid-morning mealtime.

Contraindications:
** Large doses of Mustard Seed (many times the recommended amount) should not be taken, especially by those with cardiovascular problems. Children under the age of six and the elderly should not use this product.

Capsule Information:
** Our Mustard Seed supplements are encapsulated in 100% Gluten-free, Vegetable Cellulose, Certified Kosher, size "00" Capsules.

MUSTARD SEED USES

** This popular condiment has been used since prehistory, as well as in ancient Chinese, Greek, and Roman kitchens to prevent rancidity in meats.

** It can help regulate irregular heartbeat, cholesterol and blood sugar levels because of its magnesium content.

** Ground mustard seed in a foot bath helps relieve respiratory congestion.

(One tablespoon ground mustard seed to 2 quarts hot water).

** Mustard greens are a good source of beta carotenes, calcium, and iron,
as well as vitamin C.

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