Mustard is an EXCELLENT choice for treating a wide variety of health issues. I woke up this morning feeling the effects of Austin allergies and my hard workout yesterday, so today is the day to try out these home remedies.
For a sore throat, mix one tablespoon yellow mustard + juice of half of a lemon + one tablespoon of salt + one tablespoon of honey + one half cup cup boiling water + one cap of mouthwash.
Here’s what my mixture looks like:
Take a sip and gargle for a few seconds before spitting out the mixture. Repeat the steps five to eight more times.
After the gargling is complete, enjoy the relief! The concoction does not taste as bad as it sounds. The half cup of water dilutes the other ingredients to a bearable amount. The main flavors I tasted were honey, lemon and mouthwash- not particularly appetizing, but not unbearable. My throat was scratchy from Austin allergies this morning and does indeed feel less sore after gargling. I recommend this approach!
For a nose in need, rub some mustard on your chest, and place a hot, damp cloth on top of the mustard. Within a few minutes, your sinuses will clear.
This also actually worked! I effectively blew my nose after a few minutes with the hot towel, and my head feels less congested now.
Sore muscles can easily be cured with two tablespoons yellow mustard + one teaspoon Epsom salt in running bath water. The mustard heightens the effectiveness of the Epsom salt. (A word for the wise- take a quick shower afterwards so that you don’t smell like mustard!)
I enjoyed my mustard/Epsom bath, though I got tired of smelling mustard after a few minutes. As for effectiveness, I highly recommend it. I felt refreshed, and did some light stretching afterwards and felt immediate relief.
Sore feet follow a similar remedy. Combine one tablespoon mustard with one pan of hot water. Stir to dissolve the mustard and soak your feet for 10 minutes.
I felt like a new woman after my foot soak! I highly recommend this tactic for a quick pick-me-up after a long day.
Mustard also helps with burns. Place the burned area under cool, running water to relieve the immediate pain. Spread a thick layer of mustard over the affected area, and the pain will dissolve within a few minutes. I’m unwilling to needlessly burn myself to try it out, but the National Mustard Museum swears by this remedy. Next time you accidentally grab a hot pan, reach for your yellow mustard and let me know how it turned out!