A mustard pack can be applied externally to the chest for colds or coughs. Mustard and mustard oils are absorbed into the skin and act deep in the lung to encourage expectoration, or the loosening of mucus. It is especially helpful with conditions of a tight chest with a dry cough. Mustard is also anti-microbial and can help eliminate lung infection in addition to its clearing effects. In addition to skin absorption, this mustard application will also give off a mild aroma, which will have therapeutic effects as you breath in.
[message type=”note”]Caution should be used when applying mustard. It can be irritating to the skin and the pack should be removed if you experience pain or notice a glowing redness on the skin. Avoid placing the mustard preparation on sensitive tissues including the nipples, genitals, face, and especially eyes. Maximum times are 10 minutes for children and 20 minutes for adults.[/message]
Mustard Pack Directions
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of dry mustard (depending on its freshness or potency) and 1 cup of flour to a small mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
- Pouring a little at a time, add enough hot water to make a paste.
- Spread mustard paste over a cotton cloth or a piece of cheesecloth, and then cover with another piece of cloth to make a “mustard sandwich.”
- Place the cloth over the chest area and cover it with a sheet of plastic wrap. Place either a hot water bottle or hot gel pack on top of the whole preparation.
Dry Mustard Oil Directions
- Place 10 drops of Mustard oil on the chest area or 5 drops on the chest and 5 drops on the back between the shoulder blades then spread evenly.
- Cover with a thick cotton, then wrap upper body with a wool wrap or blanket.
- Weiss, D. Herbal Medicine. 1988 Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd., Beaconsfield, England. pp 217
- Hoffman, D. The New Holistic Herbal. 3rd Ed. 1990 Element Books Ltd., Longmead, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England. pp 38
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