Iahas-Mustard Seeds-Sarso

Mustard (Sarso) Seeds


Mustard Seeds Scientific Name

Yellow Mustard Seeds: Sinapis alba
Black Mustard Seeds: Brassica nigra

Mustard Seeds Other Names

Yellow Mustard Seeds:
English: White turnip
Hindi: Peeli sarso, Rai
Black Mustard Seeds:
English: Black mustard seed, Brown mustard seed, Indian mustard
German: Schwarzer Senf, Braunsenf
Hindi: Kali rai, Kali sarson, Lal sarson, Rai, Sarson

What is Mustard Seeds?

Small seeds of the Mustard plant are a common ingredient in Indian cooking. Yellow mustard seeds have pungent and spicy bite but are milder than their close relative, brown/black mustard seeds. Mustard sauce is a condiment in variety of dishes. Black mustard oil is used for treating common cold, painful joints and muscles (rheumatism), and arthritis.
Mustard oil is loaded with natural fats which promote healthy hair. Massaging scalp with the mustard oil provides deep conditioning and increases hair growth.

Common forms of Mustard Seeds

Seeds, Powder, Oil

Mustard Seeds is commonly used for:

  • Bronchitis
  • Relieving muscle spasms
  • Relieving respiratory disorders
  • Curing body aches
  • Fighting bad breath
  • Boosting metabolism
  • Promoting hair growth
  • Soothing colds and coughs
  • Treating Osteoarthritis
  • Curing Water retention (edema)
  • Inducing vomiting
  • Pneumonia and painful lung conditions, when applied to the affected area as a “mustard plaster”

Mustard Seeds Dosage

Powder: 2 to 4 gram a day.
Oil: 2 to 4 teaspoons oil in daily cooking

Mustard Seeds Side-effects and Warnings

Common side effects: When applied to the skin, especially for a long time, black mustard can cause skin blisters and skin damage.

Not so common side effects: If taken in large amounts it might cause side effects such as throat damage, heart failure, diarrhea, drowsiness and breathing difficulties.

Pregnant or Nursing mothers: Certain chemicals in Mustard can induce menstruation and cause a miscarriage.

Children: Not known.

Over-consumption of Mustard oil may lead to stomach and gastrointestinal irritation and may lead to thyroid problems resulting in hyperthyroidism.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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