Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mustard Seed

"...indeed is the least of all seeds: but when grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."  Matthew 13:32

    Prepared mustard has never been a favorite of mine, but I love using mustard seeds in my cooking.  It feels good to know that I am adding ingredients to the healthy food that I make for my family that increase the health benefits of the food. Mustard seeds are a medicinal spice that has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Mustard seeds are rich in antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, K, E, B-complex, calcium, iron, selenium, and zinc. They are also high in essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6, and oleic acid.

    Mustard has a spicy pungent flavor that stimulates the appetite and increases salivation. They help to promote digestion and neutralize toxins that prevent indigestion and bloating. Mustard seeds are beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, speeding up metabolism, reducing the frequency of migraines, and preventing cancer. Mustard seeds have anti-fungal and anti-septic properties that make them good for cleansing the digestive tract and detoxifying the body. Mustard seed powder works well in the bath as it increases the blood flow to the skin and removes toxins from the body. Mustard seeds can be used whole, ground, or powdered in soups, sandwiches, vegetable and rice dishes. 

You can order Mustard seeds and mustard powder and hundreds of other bulk herbs and spices and single herb extracts at Herbs First.

Have a great month!

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