Yes, just when you thought your favorite condiment couldn't get any better, I present to you 9 unusual uses for mustard that go beyond sandwich-making.
But first, a little mustard history!
Way back when, the Romans were first introduced to mustard seeds by the Egyptians. They mixed unfermented grape juice with ground mustard, and called this concoction "must" - hence mustard!
Step 1: Soothes Sore Throats
Combine mustard, the juice of one half of a fresh lemon, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of honey, and one half cup of boiling water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes. Take some in your mouth and gargle! Warning: this concoction will not taste or smell good. After a few rounds of gargling, your throat should be feeling a lot less sore.
For the truly adventurous and brave, put one cap of mouthwash into the mix before gargling. This will increase the nastiness of the taste, but will also heighten the benefits.
Step 2: Removes Unwanted Smells
Didn't see Pepé Le Pew on the road until it was too late? If you accidentally ran over a skunk, and don't want to hold your breath every time you take a ride, it's time to get rid of that smell. Mix 1 cup of dry mustard into 3 gallons of hot water. Mix it well, and splash on to the tires, wheels, and underbody of the car. Clean by spraying the solution off. Your passengers will thank you.
Step 3: Decongestant
In place of a topical decongestant, try rubbing some mustard on your chest. Place a cloth, damp with hot water, on top of the mustard. Within minutes, you will feel better. You will not only be able to smell again, but the first scent you'll be greeted with will be that of delicious mustard. Ahhhh
Step 4: Face Mask
Need to look great for that big date, but all out of a traditional face mask? Simply spread a thin layer of mustard on your face. The milder, the better, so go for a classic yellow. Let mustard settle for a few minutes then rinse. After rinsing, your face will be smoother and will have a nice healthy glow - not to mention smell like a sandwich. Added bonus? If using cucumbers on your eyes while mask-ing, you'll be able to have a quick snack before you run out the door!
WARNING: Take a second before slathering up your face like a sandwich, and see if the mustard makes your sensitive skin react. spread a little bit on your inner wrist. If you break out in some funky rash there, then I advise against putting mustard on your face.
Step 5: Relaxes Muscles
If you're hurting all over, try a mustard-infused bath. Combine 2 tablespoons of mustard and 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts in your warm running bath water. Mustard will amplify the therapeutic effects of the salts, relieving you of muscle pains at a much faster rate than bathing with them alone. Leisurely soak in the bath for about twenty minutes to relieve minor muscle aches and pains. After your mustard bath, be sure to shower off to avoid the lingering scent of mustard on your skin. Unless you're into that, of course.
Feet exhausted from a long day of standing? Make a soothing mustard foot bath! Combine 1 tablespoon mustard in a pan of warm to hot water. Stir the water well to completely dissolve the mustard, and dip those poor puppies in. This will leave your hands free to do more exciting things, like consume a sandwich.
Lower back pain? Pulled some some strange muscle that you didn't know you had? End the agony by making a mustard paste for these targeted sore muscles. Combine powdered mustard seed and all purpose flour in a bowl (1 part mustard seed to 2 parts flour) and slowly stir in warm water to make a paste. Spread the mixture on one side square of cheese cloth and fold. now place the plaster on the ache, securing it with a bandage. Leave the plaster in place for no more than 20-30 minutes at a time, and feel those aches and pains just float away.
Step 6: Beautify Your Garden
Apparently white mustard seed releases some nutrients onto the soil that can prevent the growth of weeds and other unwanted plants. Plant a handful of white mustard seeds near your prized roses, or simply scatter the seeds throughout your garden. Your weed count significantly decline. Remember to do a bit of research before planting these seeds as some plants are harmed by mustard’s secretions.
Step 7: Hair Conditioner
Step 8: Burn Relief
Step 1, put the burned part of your body part under cool, running water. This will relieve some of the pain right away and will help to stop the progression of the burning.
Step 2 is probably the best, and least known remedy for throbbing pain from burns: ordinary mustard. There is something special (magic?) in everyday yellow mustard that quickly takes away the pain. Just spread a nice and thick layer of mustard over the area and go about your Iron Cheffing. You'll find that the pain goes away almost immediately.
Step 9: Other Interesting Uses
- Helps you catch fishing worms
- Temporarily fixes car radiator (see comments section)
- Makes a strong salivating powder...though if you're as much of a fan of mustard as I am, this one's probably implied
- Makes a burger that much better