50 grams of the finest quality Whole Brown Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds are the smallest seeds of the various mustard plants. The seeds are about 3 mm in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black. They are important spices in many regional cuisines. The seeds can come from three different plants: black mustard (B. nigra) brown Indian mustard (B. juncea) and white mustard (B. hirta/Sinapis alba).
Mustard has provided pungent flavorings green vegetables and medicinal compounds dating back to at least 400 B.C. in the West and were first mentioned in herbal medicine in China in A.D. 659. The Greek physician ” Dioscorides used Mustard as an emetic and Pliny the Elder (23-79) noted in his Historia Naturalis that Mustard grew everywhere in Italy and was not only a great boon to cuisine but he also listed forty medical remedies with Mustard as the chief ingredient
Powdered Mustard has no aroma when dry but a hot flavor is released when it is mixed with water.
Mustard Seed’s hot and spicy flavor enhances meats fish fowl sauces ” and salad dressings. Whole Mustard Seeds are often used for pickling or in boiling vegetables such as cabbage. Brown Mustard Seeds are an important flavoring in Indian dishes.
Indians have used mustard seeds in their food for over two thousand years.The French have used mustard seeds as a spice since 800 AD and it was amongst spices taken by the Spanish on explorations throughout the fifteenth century.
Aavakaaya Sasive is a variety of Indian pickle consisting mainly of mangoes red chilli powder and aavaa pindi (powdered mustard) preserved in Mustard oil is popular in South India with its origin in Andhra Pradesh.
Mustard Seed has long been relied upon to improve the digestive system and to promote a healthy appetite. As an irritant ” Mustard stimulates the gastric mucous membrane and increases the flow of gastric juices (also having some effect on pancreatic secretions) ” all of which help to advance good digestion. Herbalists have also used Mustard Seed to relieve obstinate hiccups.
The mucilage content in Mustard Seed may help to calm an upset stomach due to acid indigestion and also produces a laxative action.
Mustard Seed is a stimulant that warms and invigorates the circulatory system encourages blood flow and is also said to aid in the metabolism of fat in the body. It is also considered a diaphoretic an agent that helps to increase perspiration which can lower fever and cleanse toxins from the body through the skin. This factor is also useful for colds and flu.
One of the oldest uses of Mustard Seed has been as an emetic a medicine that provokes vomiting. This is especially valuable when used in narcotic poisoning when it is desirable to empty the stomach without the accompanying depletion and depression of the system.
Used externally Mustard Seeds are famous for their rubefacient properties by dilating the blood vessels and increasing the blood flow toward the surface of the skin warming and reddening the affected area and encouraging the removal of toxins. Poultices and Mustard plasters are a tried-and-true remedy to relieve the pain of arthritic joints rheumatism sciatica neuralgia neck pain backache “charley horse ” and muscle pain.
Mustard Seed’s topical use also extends to the relief of respiratory infections when used in baths poultices and plasters. Mustard Seed helps treat bronchitis chest congestion pneumonia croup and pleurisy.