Several varieties of mustard plant are grown around the world. Indian mustard originates from the foothills of the Himalayas. Seeds of the plant are pressed to extract the oil, which has a strong smell and a hot nutty taste and is widely used in Indian cookery. Mustard oil has a high content of erucic acid, which is considered noxious and some say ‘not suitable for human consumption’, although mustard oil with a low content of erucic acid is available.
Many Indians who have used mustard oil for years say that there is not enough evidence for the toxicity of erucic acid and continue using it with no apparent problems. Outside India, the oil is often sold ‘for external use only’ in stores catering to Indian immigrants, but it is not widely available.
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In India, particularly in the northwest, mustard oil is commonly used for massage, including head massage. As it generates heat, it is useful in the cold winter months. Mustard oil is particularly favoured by males and is often used by wrestlers and bodybuilders in India. It stimulates circulation, reduces pain and swelling in conditions such as arthritis and soothes sore, tense muscles. Its warming and stimulating properties make it suitable for kapha types in Ayurvedic treatments. The strong scent of mustard oil may not appeal to everyone and as it can irritate the skin, it should be used with caution. It can be blended with other oils such as sesame or almond.
Mustard oil is traditionally used in winter