10 Surprising Uses for Mustard

Mustard seeds have a number of great uses for health, personal care, gardening and cleaning. Mustard is great for cold! Greasy dishes or achy feet, bring it on! Click through for some tips on other ways to use mustard.


Soothe Sore Throats Gargle with this mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon of mustard seed
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon clear honey
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • Cover it and let it sit for about 15 minutes before gargling.

Fight Cancer Mustard is rich in the allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) compound, which researchers believe could prevent cancer from spreading or even cure it all together. AITC is particularly helpful in curbing bladder cancer.

Clear Chest Congestion/Treat Asthma Rub mustard on your chest. Soak a cloth in hot water and place it on top of the mustard. Lay back and relax.

Relax Muscles Draw a bath and add 2 tablespoons of mustard powder, a few drops of your favorite essential oil (for the ultimate relaxing benefits, try rosemary) and a few pinches of epsom salts.

Soothe Burns Get a mild burn in the kitchen? Ouch! Run the affected area under cool running water, and spread mustard over it. It instantly dulls the pain and usually prevents the formation of blisters.