The Mustard Specialist blog has often written about the pain-relieving attributes of Mustard Oil. Since ancient times, Ayurveda has leveraged the anti-inflammatory, soothing and regenerating properties of Mustard Oil to relieve (and prevent) arthritic and rheumatic pain, joint aches and muscular irritation.
Now modern scientists are discovering a new dimension of the pain-relieving properties of Mustard Oil. They have found that certain substances in Mustard Oil have the power to reduce the number and intensity of “pain signals” being transmitted by the peripheral nerves to the brain! In fact, some research studies also point to the possibility that Mustard Oil can inhibit the functioning of neurotransmitters that carry pain messages from the afflicted parts of the body to the brain. This is certainly amazing and could have huge implications in the area of Pain Management in the near future.
You can use the pain-relieving power of Mustard Oil in your everyday life by making your very own homemade Pain Balm. Here’s how to do it…
Grind two tablespoons of Mustard seeds into a coarse powder. Mix this powder with warm water – do not use hot water because high temperatures can destroy the enzymes that are part of the pain-relieving effect. Now mix this powder-and-water combination with one tablespoon of Mustard Oil to create a smooth oily paste.
Use this paste like an ointment; apply it gently on the painful joints or other afflicted areas. Massage slowly in a circular motion. You will notice that some of it gets absorbed by the skin. The heating action of Mustard Oil opens up the pores of the skin and allows your homemade pain balm to work at a subcutaneous level within the skin, easing the pain and soothing the entire area.