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Mustard Seed Brown Organic

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Also known as: Brassica nigra, black mustard, Chinese mustard, and Indian mustard. Brassica integrifolia and Brassica juncea have similar taste and medicinal properties and are also sold as brown mustard.

Introduction: Strictly speaking, the Brassica nigra often sold as brown mustard is a "black" mustard. The reason it is called "brown" is that the other species of black mustard are difficult to harvest and are seldom available in commerce. Brown mustard is a flowering plant in the same family as arugula, horseradish, watercress, and wasabi. It shares with them a hot and pungent group of chemicals known as isothiocyanates. The isothiocyanates act as defense system against grazing animals by releasing burning chemicals when the plant is chewed. They destroy animal tissues. They would also destroy the tissues of the plant except that they are stored in a form that is only activated when the plant is disturbed

Constituents: Like all seeds, brown mustard seed contains large amounts of oil. The term "mustard oil" can refer to the expressed oil, used in cooking, or to an extract of the flavoring principles, the isothiocyanates. Brown mustard seed contains about 1% sinigrin (allylglucosinolate), which is converted to the hot and pungent allyl isothiocyanate by the action of the enzyme myrosinase.

Parts Used: The whole or ground seed.

Typical Preparations: This is the herb most frequently used in mustard plasters. The ancient Greeks and Romans used brown mustard seed as a bath additive to treat arthritic pain. The herb is also used whole in cooking or ground in other medicinal and culinary preparations.

Summary: Mustard plasters relieve swelling by increasing circulation near the surface of the skin. They relieve pain by acting as a counter-irritant, "distracting" the central nervous system from pain of other origins. The "burn" of a hot mustard plaster stimulates breathing by activating a pathway fro the skin to the lungs through the central nervous system. Mustard seed plasters are most appropriate for a relatively strong person suffering congestion or swelling; they should not be used on anyone who is confined to bed over a period of months or years. Dr. James Duke, who, in his seventies, still has a full head of hair, notes that mustard plasters were used in frontier American medicine not only to treat chest congestion but also to prevent baldness. Ground brown mustard seed added to food inhibits spoilage by slowing the growth of E. coli, including the more dangerous O:157 strain of the bacterium.

Brown mustard seed sprouts have their greatest antioxidant content on the fifth day after germination.

Precautions: Don't get ground brown mustard seed in your eyes. If you do, immediately rinse with warm (not hot or cold) tap water.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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