Mustard Oil is versatile oil, which can be used for both therapeutic uses and culinary applications. The term Mustard Oil is used for two different oils, which are extracted from mustard seeds: a fatty vegetable oil resulting from pressing the seeds and an essential oil resulting from grinding the seeds, mixing them with water, and extracting the resulting volatile oil by distillation. The seeds can come from three different plants: Brown Indian mustard, black mustard and white or yellow mustard. When it comes to the use of oils as a soothing topical agent, Mustard Oil is considered to be helpful with the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. Mustard Oil contains alkaloids and Riccin, that is useful in dissolving ear wax and also an antiseptic. Mustard Oil gives liberation from pain associated with ear infections. Mustard has been used as a medicine for oddities since time immemorial.
The term mustard oil is used for three different oils, which are made from mustard seeds:
- A fatty vegetable oil resulting from pressing the seeds.
- An essential oil resulting from grinding the seeds, mixing them with water, and extracting the resulting volatile oil by distillation.
- An oil made by infusing mustard seed extract into another vegetable oil, such as soybean oil.