It’s likely you didn’t realize your favorite sandwich condiment has a double life. Mustard is used not only for hotdogs, but for a host of other uses, from soothing sore throats to warding off cancer. According to Livestrong, the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals in yellow mustard contribute to good health and well-being.
The origins of mustard take us back to the time of the ancient Romans, who were introduced to mustard by the Egyptians. They mixed unfermented wine with mustard seed to made the first version of mustard, calling it ‘must,’ hence the name mustard. In today’s world, mustard has some pretty incredible uses.
This is a great tip to remember on your next road trip, as mustard works wonders on leg cramps. If you feel a cramp coming on, take one tablespoon of yellow mustard. The mustard will take your leg cramp away and prevent more from returning.
If you find yourself with a burn, run cool water over it, then cover the entire area with a layer of mustard. Not only will it prevent blisters from popping up, it will dull the pain of the burn. Mustard contains the compound allyl isothiocyanate, which acts as a powerful counter-irritant that will have your burn soothed and on it’s way to recovery in no time.
Ease A Sore Throat
To ease a sore throat, mix together 1 tablespoon of mustard seed, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon clear honey, and 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to cool slightly, then gargle to soothe a sore throat. The same counter-irritant used to treat burns, allyl isothiocyanate, will go to work soothing your sore throat.