- What other names is White Mustard known by?
- What is White Mustard?
- How does White Mustard work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for White Mustard.
People take white mustard for "clearing the voice," preventing infection, causing vomiting, increasing urine flow (as a diuretic) to relieve water retention, and increasing the appetite.
Some people apply white mustard directly to the affected area for cough and colds, chest congestion, bronchitis, swollen joints, arthritis-like pain (rheumatism), osteoarthritis, back pain (lumbago), and sore mouth and throat. It is sometimes used in a bath to treat paralysis.
In foods, white mustard is one of three types of mustard typically used to make mustard condiment. Black mustard (Brassica nigra) is the most pungent. White mustard (Brassica alba) is the most mild and is used to make traditional American yellow mustard. Brown mustard (Brassica juncea) is dark yellow, has a pungent taste, and is used to make Dijon mustard. It is easier to harvest the brown mustard seed than the black mustard seed, so many mustard condiments now contain brown mustard seed instead of black mustard seed.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Preventing infection.
- Causing vomiting.
- Increasing urine flow (as a diuretic) to relieve water retention.
- Increasing the appetite.
- Other conditions.
- Coughs and colds.
- Arthritis-like pain (rheumatism).
- Swelling (inflammation) of the mouth, throat, and joints.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Applying white mustard to the skin for an extended period of time can cause burns, blisters, and ulcers.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use white mustard in medicinal amounts if you are pregnant. There is some evidence it might start your menstrual period and cause a miscarriage.
There isn't enough information to know whether it's safe to use white mustard in medicinal amounts if you are breast-feeding. Play it safe and stick to food amounts.
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