It produces bile and gastric juices from the liver and spleen, leading to better digestion and bowel movements.
It is also a natural tonic for the body that boosts the immune system.
Mustard oil assists in bringing back sensation to numb body parts.
It provides relief from pain caused by arthritis and rheumatism when it is gently massaged onto the affected areas.
Mustard oil opens up the pores which is especially helpful to reduce body temperature and get rid of toxins, excess salt or water from the body.
It contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and thus combats internal bacterial as well as external skin infections.
It is commonly used as a hair oil, and is extremely effective for hair growth as it increases blood circulation and nourishes hair roots.
It stimulates blood circulation and hence, is commonly used during body massages.
It is a major health booster. It induces hunger by stimulating the body's gastric juices. A natural appetiser!
Known to provide warmth to the body, it is effective in curing the common cold and cough, body aches and pains, chest congestion and even headaches.
Mustard oil is commonly considered a useful aid in preparing homemade kohl and eyeliner.
It is used as a fuel for lighting up earthen lamps on traditional occasions and festivals like Diwali.
Mustard oil is a natural cure for skin tan and can also be used as a powerful natural sunscreen.
This oil is an effective solution for chapped and dry lips.
Its pungent aroma keeps away mosquitoes and other insects, in turn keeping harmful diseases like malaria at bay.
The question of which cooking oil is the best for our health has been a longstanding debate among scientists. According to a 2012 study conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, mustard oil meets all the criteria of a heart-friendly cooking oil; it's cholesterol free, trans fat free, low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Mustard oil also has various anti-oxidants essential for a healthy working system.
The study compared Olive, Canola Mustard and Sunflower oils.
Mustard oil emerged the healthiest, with Canola oil coming a close second.
The study also said that mustard oil is the most effective when consumed in its purest form, i.e. Kachchi Ghani.
Kachchi Ghani mustard oil contains more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than other oils and also has high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which makes it the healthiest option among cooking oils.
Though there has been a lot of speculation is around whether mustard oil has health risks owing to the quantity of uric acid, this is only so if it is consumed in very large concentrated qualities. In moderation, as in the case of regular every day cooking, wherein each person is eating only a few spoons per meal, there is no harm.
Mustard oil reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, stimulates digestion, reduces the risk of cancer, takes antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory action, relieves cold and cough, relieves joint pain.