Improve Digestion with Mustard Seed Oil

by Briana McDonald; Feb 12, 2017; ( Proper digestion is essential for optimal health and vitality. Since seventy percent of our body’s immune system dwells in the digestive tract, maintaining digestive health is critical to our overall well being. We don’t always keep the health of our gut on our list of priorities but if you’re feeling bloated, gassy, and overly tired after mealtime then improper digestion is more than likely cause of discomfort. In fact, many ailments stem from improper absorption of trace minerals and vitamins. There are many different things you can do to improve digestion such as drinking plenty of water, eating wholesome foods and avoiding chemical food additives, artificial sweeteners, and highly processed grains. You can also improve digestion with mustard seed oil.

Mustard seed oil has had different reputations in different parts of the world. Mustard Essential Oil is totally different than Mustard Oil in the sense of process and extraction, chemical composition and medicinal properties. While both oils are extracted from the seeds of mustard, its essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from mustard seeds soaked in water. Mustard seeds contain an enzyme called Myrosinase and a glucosinolate called Sinigrin. These two remain isolated in mustard seeds under normal conditions but react when the seeds are subjected to pressure or heat. In the presence of water these two components react to form Allyl Isothiocyanate (with black mustard) and normal Isothiocyanate (in white mustard) which is a toxic compound.

Mustard Seed Oil is a Stimulant

Mustard Seed Oil and Mustard Essential Oil is a very strong stimulate. It stimulates digestion by “stimulating the secretion of gastric juices and bile from the spleen and liver. The excretory system is also stimulated by the oil since the peristaltic motion of the intestines is activated, benefiting digestion.” 1.

Due to its stimulating properties, it also helps blood flow and circulation when used as massage oil. Some will notice the skin turning red, which is a normal reaction and should not be concerned. It is also a diaphoretic, which means sweating is increased both when consumed and applied externally; it stimulates the sweat glands to produce more sweat as well as enlarges the openings of the pores on the skin. This is very helpful in lowering body temperature as well as for removing toxins, excess salts, and water from the body.

The essential oil of mustard seed is also very beneficial for:

  • Providing relief from symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis
  • Inhibits fungal infection due to the presence of Allyl Isothiocyanate it does not allow fungal growth and also inhibits the spread of infection if it has already formed.
  • Helps Prevent Hair Loss (its stimulating effects increase blood circulation I nthe scalp while the fatty acids nourish the hair roots. Long term use may give the hair a brown tint, but it strengthens and effectively prevents hair loss)
  • Appetizer (because it irritates the inner lining of the stomach and intestines, it stimulates digestive juices and creates a feeling of hunger)

The inability to digest food properly could indicate a deficiency of stomach acid and digestive enzymes. Due to the average American diet and high stress levels this is a common problem. Supplement when necessary and use tools to improve digestion with mustard seed oil, enzymes, wholesome foods, and plenty of water. “Improving digestive function is one of the most important steps you can take in improving your health.” 2.

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