Delicious in hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and salad dressings, mustard is definitely a kitchen staple for every household. But although you keep it in your refrigerator and/or your pantry, the perfect final touch to your ham and cheese baguette could prove extremely useful outside of the realm of gastronomy and last minute on-the-go bites. Not only is this condiment delicious but it is also useful in many different ways that don’t involve eating. From the bathroom to your garden, it can work its unsuspected magic in every aspect of your life.
Yes, mustard can help you in the beauty department and give you shiny hair, but also relieve muscle pain, help with decongestion and so much more! You have a big jar at home and want to learn how you could make the most of it? Discover 8 surprising ways to use mustard in your everyday life!
1. Soothes sore throats
If you feel a cold coming along and your throat starts hurting, combine mustard, the juice of half a lemon, a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of honey and a half cup of boiling water, mix them all together, wait 10 minutes and then gargle the liquid. No, this will not taste good but your throat will hurt less!
2. Remove smells
If you ran over a skunk or a skunk sprays your car, all you have to do is add a cup of dry mustard and 3 gallons of hot water in a spray bottle, shake it and then spray the mixture on your tires and the underbody of the car. Rinse the car with water and that’s it!
Mustard’s heat helps to provoke decongestion. You can place a damp hot cloth with a bit of mustard on your chest. This should help make you feel better.
4. Face mask
If you want to make a DIY mask, all you have to do is spread a thin layer of classic yellow mustard. Wait a few minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Make sure your skin will react normally to the mustard by putting a small amount on your skin beforehand.
5. Relax muscles
Mustard can help with some types of muscle pain. Try a mustard-infused bath! Add 2 tablespoons of mustard and 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts in your warm bath. The mustard will make the Epsom salts work even better.
6. Protect your garden
Are animals eating your veggies in your garden? Rub mustard on a tin pie plate and hang it somewhere near your garden.
7. Hair conditioner
You can use mustard oil to make your hair shiny and sleek. Massage it into your hair and leave it in your hair all day or night. If you do sleep with the mustard oil in your hair, wear a shower cap so you don’t stain your sheets. Wash your hair and you’ll have gorgeous hair.
8. Relieve burns
Trouble in the kitchen? If you’ve burned yourself while cooking, put your burned finger or arm under lukewarm water and a few minutes later, add some mustard to the burnt area. Normal yellow mustard will help stop the pain.