Mustard oil isn’t just a mere ingredient used for cooking, it has some stellar beauty benefits as well! The oil is extracted from raw mustard seeds and is purified through the process of distillation. Around 3000 BC, the mustard crop was first grown here in India. It later gained popularity in countries like Rome and Greece. Initially, the seeds were used to prepare medicines, but as time progressed, it became a popular oil used for cooking in households. Packed with alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids, this wonder oil works as a cure for many diseases and problems related to joints, muscles and the heart. Now that you know its health benefits, why don’t you check out its beauty benefits? Let’s roll!
Loaded with vitamin E, the oil protects your skin from the toxins in the air and harmful UV rays. Before stepping out, apply a tiny amount of mustard oil on your face, hands and legs. Remember to not apply too much oil as it can make your skin greasy and attract pollution and dust particles.
If your lip balm does not make the cut, don’t replace it with another lip balm, use mustard oil instead. It works as a natural moisturiser and helps treat skin and lips from dryness and damage. Add a few drops of mustard oil to petroleum jelly and mix both ingredients well using a toothpick. Dab the balm on your lips and we bet that your pout will instantly feel smooth and baby soft.
Did you know that mustard oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties? Well, now you do. Massaging your scalp with mustard oil helps keep your scalp squeaky clean and combat fungal infections. When those hair problems are tackled, you know what follows after, right? Strong and lustrous locks, of course! Mix olive, coconut and mustard oil together in a bowl. Heat the mix and massage your scalp in circular motions. Once you’ve done that, wrap your hair up in a towel. Keep it that way for about 2-3 hours and wash your hair with lukewarm water and mild shampoo after.
When hair has a beta-carotene deficiency, it becomes weak and prone to damage. That’s where this oil should come into the picture. Since it has vitamin A, iron, magnesium, calcium and fatty acids, both your hair and scalp are provided with nourishment. Regular usage of mustard oil helps boost hair growth. Plus, if you’re dealing with premature greying, this oil will sort that hair concern out as it is rich in minerals, vitamins and nutrients.
Sparkling, white teeth always makes a good impression. Believe it or not, but mustard oil can contribute to dental hygiene. Start by brushing your teeth using your regular toothpaste. After rinsing your mouth with water, apply some olive oil mixed with lemon juice and salt on your teeth. Leave the solution for about 5 minutes and gargle your mouth with lukewarm water after.
Before brushing your teeth, swishing your mouth with mustard oil can actually keep your gums and mouth healthy and clean. The antibacterial and antifungal properties in it fight off the germs and infections stuck between your teeth. Doing this twice a week will improve oral hygiene.
One way to safely cleanse your skin is to use mustard oil. It stimulates sweat glands and easily opens the pores of your skin. Removing toxins, unwanted salts, water and dirt are its main objectives. Use this oil to cleanse your skin thrice in two weeks and you’ll have the best-looking skin in no time.
Applying mustard oil to your skin often can actually improve its complexion after a period of time. A regular massage using this oil will improve blood circulation and improve skin’s elasticity. Make a mix of coconut and mustard oil and apply it to your face. This will ensure that you will get supple and smoother skin by the end of it.
After a tropical vacation, you may have to deal with a pigmentation or dark spots. Mustard oil has your back. Make a thick paste using mustard oil, chickpea flour, lemon juice and yoghurt. Apply the mask to your skin and don’t wash it off till the mask hardens. Do this thrice a week over 2 months and we're sure you will see healthier, clearer skin.
You may or may not know this, but the key to looking younger is befriending mustard oil! Since the oil is rich in vitamin A, B and E, your skin is bound to be free from wrinkles, fine lines and marks. Did we also mention that it brightens dull skin? Yep, it’s pretty awesome!