MUSTARD (Sinapis alba)
Mustard (Sinapis alba)
DESCRIPTION: The Mustards are herbs that grow in waste places but cultivated for their seeds.
Grown for its seeds, mustard, as fodder crop or as a green manure, it is now widespread worldwide, although it probably originated in the Mediterranean region. The dried ripe seeds are grounded into a poultice.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Can be used for ailments of the digestive system but not in large quantities. Also used as a laxative. When mixed as a tea, mustard can be used to relieve chronic bronchitis, rheumatism, and a relaxed sore throat by gargling.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Safe in moderation. Use on the skin for extended periods of time can cause skin burns, ulcers, and blisters.
PARTS USED: Seeds
GENERAL USAGE: Generally safe
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