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Health Benefits of Black Mustard

Health benefits of Black mustard

Black mustard, scientifically known as Brassica nigra is an annually growing herb. Back mustard is commonly known as ‘mohri’ or ‘kalee sarso’ in India. Its origin has been traced back to the Middle East but it is now very commonly used a condiment in various cuisines in different parts of the world. Canada, Nepal, Ukraine, Myanmar, Russia and the United states have been the largest producers of black mustard seeds around the world. The young plant’s leaves are used as salads or cooked. The plant is primarily known for its seeds. These seeds are used for salad dressings, sauces and also most commonly eaten with sausages. The black mustard plant is branched and grows up to 2m tall. Its leaves are a little waxy. Once the fruit of this plant ripens, it bursts open. This happens only on maturation. One fruit on dehiscing (bursting open) produces about thousands of seeds! The seeds may be reddish brown or black in colour. Brassica species are used as winter cover crops. The seeds and the leaves are both known to have pungent taste, hence, also used in making vinegar.

Primary Use of this herb

The seeds are widely used as condiments. The Brassica seeds also have very high amount of fatty oil. Hence, they are also used as cooking oils in India.

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Chemical And Nutrient Content in Black mustard

The herb contains

  • Oleic acid
  • Stearic acid
  • Erucic acid
  • Brassic acid
  • Sinalbin
  • Myrosin
  • Sinalbin mustard oil

Health Benefits of Black mustard

  1. To treat joint pains and bone disorders

    The black mustard seed oil is used to treat joint pains, rheumatism and arthritis. This works on the basis of their anti-bacterial properties.

  2. Common cold

    The black mustard seed is also used in treating common cold.

  3. Nausea

    Mustard is used to cause vomiting.

  4. Water regulation

    Black mustard seeds are used in relieving water retention, also known as oedema. This is done by helping in increasing urine production. It also increases appetite.

  5. Use of black mustard paste

    This paste is prepared by mixing black mustard seeds with warm water.

    The paste is use for treating the following

    • Pneumonia
    • Lumbago (lower back pain)
    • Aching feet
    • Arthritis
    • Inflammation of the protective lining of the lungs


  6. Laxatives

    Mustard seeds are used as laxatives especially for old people. Normal dosage: 0.5oz

How to Use

  • Black mustard seeds can be used as a paste as described above by mixing with warm water. This paste can be used directly on the skin by packing the paste in a cloth and directly bringing it in contact with the skin.
  • The mustard seeds have a lot of oil. Mustard oil is also used for various applications like culinary enhancement and medical treatment.
  • Its seeds can be directly used for different purposes as stated above.
  • The leaves can also be used depending upon the use.


Black mustard paste when initially applied to the skin (patch of inflammation) can alleviate the pain. However, on prolonged contact with skin, it may cause irritation and burning sensation.

If used in excess as a laxative, it may cause inflammation of the intestines and stomach due their possible retention in the intestinal canals.

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