Being a rich source of omegAlpha3 and omegAlpha6 fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, it is considered as one of the healthiest oils. It has been used for its healing and medicinal properties and is considered beneficial for hair, skin and body. Mustard oil is extremely beneficial for skin. However, before applying it topically, it is advisable to do patch a test to ensure that you are not allergic to it.
Here are few ways how mustard oil can help enhance your beauty.
Skin care with mustard oil
Mustard oil can help you get glowing skin, reduce pigmentation and nip wrinkles and acne in the bud. You can use this oil in combination with other kitchen ingredients or just apply it on your face to reap its benefits. Here is how the oil can help you revive your beauty.
Natural sunscreen: Forget about using a sunscreen with SPF 30+ or more, mustard oil can just do the trick. Being thick in consistency and having high levels of Vitamin E makes this vegetable oil a natural sunscreen. The Vitamin E in the oil helps to protect the skin from the harsh sun rays and other environmental toxins. In fact, it also helps to prevent wrinkles and arrests premature aging of the skin. However, if you are to replace your sunscreen with mustard oil, make sure that you massage your face well so that there is no excess oil on your face. Else it could lead to collection of dust on your face and do your skin more damage than good.
Lightens tan and dark spots:
Massaging mustard oil on your face regularly can help reduce tan and lighten dark spots and pigmentation. Make a face mask by mixing mustard oil with basin or gram flour, one teaspoon of curd and few drops of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well and apply it on your face and neck. Wash your face after 10 to 15 minutes and try applying the face mask at least thrice a week for best results.
Improves complexion:Contrary to popular belief that oil can make your skin look dark and rob you of your complexion, the reality is exact the opposite. To do it right, mix equal amounts of coconut and mustard oil and apply it on your face. Massage in circular motion till your skin absorbs all the oil and makes it feel moistened and supple. Regular massage will help improve circulation on your face, lightening your skin and reduce pimples too
Protects chapped lips:If your lip balm doesn’t give you long lasting results, dab mustard oil on your lips instead. The thick vegetable oil is known to be a natural moisturizer that can do wonders on your skin and lips. It can heal chapped lips better than packaged lip balms.
Natural cleanser:Topical application of mustard oil stimulates sweat glands and opens the pores of the skin. This helps in reducing body temperature and removes toxins, unwanted salts and water from the body. Mustard oil disperses into the skin swiftly. When the oil is massaged on the face enzymes activated by body heat transports the oil to the areas that needs attention effectively. This helps the skin to get cleansed naturally within minutes.
Improves scalp health:Mustard oil also have a variety of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It helps to combat fungal infections in the scalp when massaged regularly. It keeps the scalp clean and wards of dandruff, the most common of all hair problems. It improves scalp heath which leads to strong and lustrous hair. You can mix equal quantities of mustard oil with olive and coconut oil and massage your hair from root to tip. Cover your hair with a warm towel for 10 minutes after the massage. Wash off your hair with water and a mild shampoo after two hours.
Prevents premature graying:Mustard oil is rich in essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that make it an ideal choice for hair care. If you are concerned about premature graying, try massaging your scalp and hair with mustard oil every night before going to bed.
Restricts hair loss:
Stimulates hair growth:This vegetable oil is also high in beta-carotene. When massaged regularly on the scalp it converts into Vitamin A which helps in hair growth. Apart from this, the oil is also a good source of iron, fatty acids, calcium and magnesium, all that promotes hair growth.
Whitens teeth:After brushing your teeth with your usual toothpaste apply a coat of mustard oil mixed with few drops of lemon juice and a dash of salt. Leave it for five minutes and then rinse your mouth with water. Regular practice will make your teeth shine and also stronger.
Keeps off infections:If you believe in practicing oil pulling in the morning, which means swishing your mouth with oil before brushing your teeth you can opt for mustard oil. However, traditionally sesame oil is used for the said purpose. Due to its antibacterial and anti fungal mustard oil helps to keep infection at bay and also keep your gut healthy when used for oil pulling.