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Mustard oil, which is produced from the seeds of the mustard plant, is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine. Known for its strong flavor, pungent aroma, and high smoke point, it’s often used for sautéing and stir-frying vegetables in many parts of the world, including India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
Although pure mustard oil is banned for use as a vegetable oil in the United States, Canada, and Europe, it’s often applied topically and used as a massage oil, skin serum, and hair treatment . Mustard essential oil, a type of essential oil produced from mustard seeds using a steam distillation process, is also available and approved for use as a flavoring agent.
Health benefits of Mustard oil
1. May block microbial growth
Some studies have found that mustard essential oil possesses powerful antimicrobial properties and may help block the growth of certain types of harmful bacteria. According to one test-tube study, white mustard essential oil decreased the growth of several strains of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus cereus . Another test-tube study compared the antibacterial effects of essential oils like mustard, thyme, and Mexican oregano with pathogenic bacteria. It found that mustard essential oil was the most effective . What’s more, several test-tube studies have discovered that mustard essential oil may inhibit the growth of certain types of fungi and mold.
However, because most evidence is limited to test-tube studies, more research is needed to determine how mustard essential oil may affect human health.
2. May slow cancer cell growth
Promising research suggests that mustard oil may help slow the growth and spread of certain types of cancer cells. In one older study, feeding pure mustard oil to rats blocked the growth of colon cancer cells more effectively than feeding them corn oil or fish oil. Another animal study showed that mustard seed powder rich in allyl isothiocyanate inhibited bladder cancer growth by nearly 35%, as well as helped prevent it from spreading into the muscle wall of the bladder .
A test-tube study observed similar findings, reporting that administering allyl isothiocyanate extracted from mustard essential oil decreased the spread of bladder cancer cells. Further studies need to be conducted to evaluate how mustard oil and its components may affect cancer development in humans.
3. May help treat cold symptoms
Pure mustard oil is often used as a natural remedy to treat cold symptoms, such as coughing and congestion. It can be mixed with camphor, a compound often found in creams and ointments, and applied directly to the chest. Alternatively, you can try a mustard oil steam treatment, which involves adding a few drops of pure mustard oil to boiling water and inhaling the steam. However, there’s currently no evidence to support the use of mustard oil for respiratory issues, nor any research to show that it offers any benefits.