Mustard seeds ready to burst with beautifying power!
Mustard seed oil is a delicious oil that brings fragrance to dishes, spiking them with flavor. Used extensively in Asian cuisine, its warming and stimulating, which is really lovely during this cold wintertime. Because of these properties, its also good for detoxification and research has found it to be good for lowering fat in the bloodstream. Unfortunately, in Canada and the US its prohibited to be sold for dietary use due to the fact it contains erucic acid, which has been linked to cardiac damage – perhaps because of its invigorating properties.
Despite this, many still want to use mustard seed oil and I have seen it sold in ethnic grocers through the loop hole of labeling it “for external use only”. But I actually love using it for the purpose that its under its guise for. Massage! Its heating, Kapha-decreasing actions really help to move lymph, encouraging drainage and blood flow. This just so happens to be a natural way to treat cellulite!If you look at most cellulite treatments they include ingredients that increase circulation so to break up stagnation and deflate cellulite lumps and bumps. The appearance of cellulite is worsened by water-retention as it bloats out fat cells and this stimulation and drainage helps with this. Needless to say, this also helps with edema (water-retention) itself!
I have used mustard seed oil as a body moisturizer – and apply it with fast, invigorating movements. Or it can be used as a bath oil – which turns out to be a really enlivening soak. But because of its circulation-enhancing properties, its should be tested first on sensitive skin. I have never used it straight on the face for this reason and if you have ultra-sensitve body skin, I would dilute it with another oil or do a small test patch before using it all over. In the bath, I would start with a two to three tablespoons in a tub and add more as desired (you should feel subtle stimulation).
So if you are looking to warm your body this winter, try using more, more, more mustard seed oil topically because it also helps to treat cellulite, water-retention and provide overall invigoration.