Mustard seeds known as ‘sarso‘or ‘rai‘ in Hindi are a very popular ingredient in the American cuisine. It also has medicinal applications and known mustard seeds benefits back to the time of Hippocrates. It is available in white, brown and black varieties and is used by people all over the world.

Mustard seeds benefits for skin, hair and health benefits of mustard seeds

white mustard seeds

White Mustard is a round hard seed, beige or straw coloured. The seed is first processed to remove the outer skin before it is commercially sold. It has a mild flavour and good preservative qualities, which makes it good for pickling.



black mustard seeds

Black Mustard is a round hard seed, varying in colour from dark brown to black. It is smaller and much more pungent than the white variety. It is used to season foods, mostly added as a tempering or as a powder.





brown mustard seeds benefits

Brown Mustard is similar in size to the black variety and varies in colour from light to dark brown. It is more pungent than the white, less than the black, and is once again used to temper and season foods.





Health benefits of Mustard Seeds


Migraine occurrence also reduces due to the presence of magnesium in the mustard seed. A little touch of mustard to your fish can boost the constituting omega-3 content. [Read Grapes]

Dietary Fiber

Mustard seeds are a good source of dietary fiber that improve digestion in the body. They make the bowel movements better, thus improving the overall metabolism of the body.

Respiration Congestion

Mustard seeds or mustard in general is known to relieve any congestion problems in respiration.

Cancer Treatment

The presence of compounds like glucosinolates and mirosinase in mustard seeds are known to use phytochemicals to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Mustard seeds benefits for Asthma

The presence of minerals like copper, magnesium, iron and selenium in it are responsible for the prevention of Asthma Attacks.

Mustard Seeds benefits for skin


Mustard seeds make for a great source of carotene and lutein. It is also a great power house of vitamin A, C and K which are a great antioxidants.

Fights infections

These seeds contain a good amount of sulphur which is known for its anti-fungal properties.

Natural scrub

Mustard seeds are a natural scrub. You can add it to either lavender or rose essential oil. Use this mix to scrub your face and exfoliate dead skin.  [Read Dry fruit and nuts]

Hydrates skin

Mustard seeds, used with aloe vera gel, can act as a great combination to hydrate your skin. It removes all impurities from your face and nourishes it from within

Mustard Seeds benefits for hair

Hair growth

Mustard oil, extracted from mustard seeds, is a good source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a great nutrient for hair growth. It is also a great stimulant, mustard seeds benefits to faster hair growth.

Strengthens hair

Mustard seeds contain protein, calcium, vitamin A and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. All of these together strengthen your hair from within. Strengthened hair means lesser hair fall too.

Mustard seeds benefits to Condition hair

Mustard seeds contain fatty acids. These are known to condition your hair from deep within. It also gives hair a good shine and bounce.

Ways to have Mustard seeds in diet (mustard seeds recipes)

Mustard Sauce



1/2 kg ordinary black/brown mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 kg yellow mustard seeds
10 to 12 whole dry kashmiri red chillies
8 to 10 pods of garlic (lehsun)
salt to taste
1 tbsp sugar
a small piece of drumstick tree bark
vinegar as required for grinding


  • Remove stones from mustard seeds, using vinegar little at a time grind all the ingredients except sugar & salt to a thick, smooth paste, add sugar & salt to taste
  • Add a little more vinegar to make the paste into a sauce like consistency
  • Use a dry bottle & preserve. Use a dry spoon whenever you require to use the sauce.
  • This sauce could be used for sandwiches; roast etc.,

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