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9 Surprising Uses For Mustard (that don't involve a sandwich)

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Oh mustard, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...there's yellow, spicy, honey, dijon, horseradish, whole grain...muscle relaxant?!

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!
 
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Step 1: Soothes Sore Throats

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Your favorite team just had their big game, and after cheering them on your throat is feeling a little raw. Hopefully you have some leftover mustard from that tailgate party on hand, because it will get you root-root-root-ing for the home team in no time.

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

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They say to never judge a book by its cover, and the same usually goes for products. But I've been guilty of getting suckered in to buying something based solely on the fact that the bottle or container it came it looked awesome. So when I've had my fill of said-product, but want to keep the container, what can I do? Simple - I rise it out with some mustard and hot water, and I'm ready to start fresh.

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

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Have you ever eaten something so spicy that you get sweaty, teary, and have to grab a tissue? Mustard's heat can be put to a good use here, and this kind of 'drippyness' can be induced (in a controlled way, of course) to encourage decongestion.

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

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Mustard, not only do you enhance the beautiful flavor of my food, but you also enhance the beauty of my skin. Awesome!

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

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Work out too hard and now have some achy muscles? Mustard can help in a variety of ways, depending on the muscle pain.

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

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Bambi has been helping himself to your garden veggies a bit too much this season, and it's time to find a creative solution. Rub mustard on a tin pie plate and hang it on a post near your garden. One mustard-covered plate per corner will keep the critters out. Apparently they deer will mistake the scent of the mustard for the scent of sweaty farm workers.

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

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Mustard oil is a secret conditioner secret that salons don't want to get out. But here's the dish: pour a generous amount of oil (note: not French's) on your palm. Rub hands together, and then scrub and massage your hair. Once done, leave the mustard oil on your hair for about eight hours, or for the entire day/night if you choose. Before falling asleep, make sure you have a shower cap so you don't damage your pillows. Once time is up, rinse the oil with shampoo and conditioner. Upon rinsing, you hair will be softer and more bouncy, and you'll put those Herbal Essence commercials to shame.

Step 8: Burn Relief

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Kudos to you for trying your hand at that crazy complicated recipe. But your over-enthusiasm got the best of you and you managed to get a serious burn. Whether it is a severe burn or a minor burn, it hurts like heck and the pain just won't go away.

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

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Mustard is also rumored to have some other extraordinary uses. If you get a chance, give these a whirl!
And, if you were a bit overzealous with your mustard and spilled a bit on your clothes, no worries. There's a way to get out that stain.
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Delfairen3 years ago
I use a little English mustard powder to take the sweetness out of tinned tomatoes when I make chill and bolognese. Its the only think I have found to remove the sweetness of American tinned tomatoes compared to the European tinned tomatoes. You don't taste the mustard at all.
that's a good one- why IS everything soo bloody sweet in the US/Canada??? It's a wonder we're not all 500 lbs!

When everything went 'low fat', manufacturers replaced fat with sugar and salt, for flavour. You have to read ingredient lists more than ever before to avoid the scourge of corn syrup that's in absolutely everything, including bread.

Exactly! And have you noticed that manufacturers play fast and loose with the portions when they list the fat, salt, sugar content of canned or packaged food? On one can of baked beans the portion used was 1/2 cup another can used 1/3 cup. I've pointed that out to a few people and they had no idea.

hgirtman3 years ago
DON'T DO THIS. COLD WATER ONLY FOR BURNS, unless you like having raw burned flesh scrubbed with a brillo pad at the ER. It may work, but you're opening yourself to a chance of serious infection. Just don't do it.
8bit hgirtman3 years ago
Although I enjoy being afraid of things, don't you think you're taking this one a bit far?
ddalton2 8bit2 years ago
Please see my above comment on using the egg whites. The bacteria present in mustard could cause similar infection and serious injury to an open burn.

Don't you think egg whites would have waaay more bacteria than vinegar-y mustard??

matty888 hgirtman10 months ago
Mustard, in my experience, is almost miraculous on burns.

I used to work at a pizza place during my College years and ended up with more than a few nasty burns from those big ovens, and I swear that regular yellow mustard works wonders.

***Now, you're totally right in that it is important to run cold water on the burn right away for a few minutes.

But afterwards, I recommend putting a very generous gob of mustard over the entire burn, and then wrapping it with a rag or paper towel.

The pain from the burn will usually subside within about 5 minutes and you will likely not have to worry about a bad blister the next day.

I usually leave the mustard compress on my burns for about 30 minutes to an hour.
ntolbert matty8887 months ago
pieces of a tomato works great as well pulls the sting out of the burn.
REA1 year ago
The smell of mustard can also ward off cats. We keep a bottle at the dinner table to keep our cats from jumping on and coming close to our food.
iknowiknow2 REA1 month ago

A good swat of the arm gets kitty off the dinner table better than anything :P

Ucidalini6 months ago
My mother use to use mustard rubbed on the bottom of feet as a cure for ear aches. It seamed to work for some reason.
I love Dijon mustard, but plain old yellow mustard always makes me sleepy! What's that about?
As a culinary student, let me tell you guys the best thing I learned for burns: Egg whites. Dip the burn (which is usually on hands for those of us in the kitchen) in egg whites, let it dry, then dip it again. It'll burn like crazy for a second, but the egg whites create a seal.
i must agree on this, since the egg whites (dont ask me why) kinda extract the heat off of the burned or burning skin, and leaves slim to no marks or blisters ;) a pressure cooer blowed up on my mothers face a couple of years ago, half her face was RED AS HELL and starting to blister a few seconds after the blowup, she used eggwhites as a facemask on the burned parts and there were no traces of any kind. (also applied aloe vera crystals after a few hours on the remaining burn marks
http://www.snopes.com/medical/homecure/eggwhite.asp

Please don't use egg whites for burns. Raw eggs could (read: probably do) contain bacteria, which could seriously harm you if applied to an open wound. Cold water is the best thing.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-burns/FA00022
Apparently eating a small dab of mustard helps get rid of heartburn.
taransa2 years ago
Surprised to not see charlie horse relief on the list! Straight apple cider vinegar in warm water is best but anything with vinegar helps (pickles, mustard etc)

Great list though!
thingy3 years ago
Yellow mustard gives an interesting patina to steel. Apply an let sit for an hour or so. The longer it sits, the stranger the patterns that are raised.
gnach thingy2 years ago
That's from the vinegar, acetic acid.
ilpug thingy3 years ago
this works with pretty much any goopy mildly acidic food stuff. make a paste form cornstarch and vinegar, and spread it on. you should have the same effect.
AmyLuthien2 years ago
I've heard that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so only do this if you really like the guy!  :D
I remember being slathered with mustard whenever I got a cold as a kid.
The good old fashioned "Mustard Plaster"...
joshpaz13 years ago
i burnt my leg when i was younger and my aunt told me to put mustard on it and i was hesitant but seeing how im mexican and we have crazy remidies i tried it and it really helped
lol
nefra13 years ago
where do you get mustard oil? just mustard?
You may be able to find it in the same grocery store aisle as Olive Oil, Vinegar, and Sesame Seed Oil.
Honora3 years ago
I met a Russian pediatrician working in a beauty salon here in New Zealand. She said it bothered her to see kids going around barefoot in NZ with runny noses. She said in Russia the child has mustard wiped onto the soles of their feet, then covered and they are put to bed to get rid of their colds.
ilpug Honora3 years ago
i successfully ignored my urge to make an "In Soviet Russia..." joke here.
Lots of excellent ideas and suggestions. Putting mustard on a burn however, is not something you should ever do. Speak with nurses and doctors who work on burn units at hospitals, or paramedics (I am one) and you will learn about the very real danger you are inflicting upon yourself.
very true. the best thing to do is go to the local pharmacy and get some silvadine cream. this is the best burn medicine i have found so far, and instantly reduces pain. plus, its cheap, and lasts for years.
funny, i actually like the smell of skunk. i'd rather smell it than mustard too.
romaine3 years ago
"Your weed count significantly decline."
Be careful with this! Mustard can become the weed, very difficult to get rid of.
nefra13 years ago
a wonder drug
peacenique3 years ago
Ummm...WOW, I'm going to try it on a burger!! **wink**
chicopluma3 years ago
mustard bunny!!
chicopluma3 years ago
if your boyfriend tries to bite you, he's not a zombie
chicopluma3 years ago
I lunch a spicy instant soup when my nose is a pain, but this can be very usefull now that I don't have any soups left
avanner773 years ago
I think you mean "this concoction will not taste OR smell good" in the first step.
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