HA! The picture looks pretty gross, but here’s a quick little self-help health tool to try with multiple benefits……
Mustard Foot Mask
This feels SERIOUSLY good! Just grind up 3-4 teaspoons of black mustard seeds and add enough water to make a paste. A 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder gives it a little extra bite, but it’s quite warming even without it. Apply for 20 minutes or until your feet feel warm and ready to carry you through another week.
I was just recommending it for tired, sore feet, but it’s traditional use is actually much deeper. When mustard seeds are ground, a chemical and an enzyme come together to form Allyl isothiocyanate, which is irritating to the skin. This is cancelled out if you use boiling water. This chemical pumps the blood to the feet, pulling it through the legs. This stimulating of the circulation creates a ‘second heart’ in the feet. The effects of this in the traditional literature are diverse, but include relief of headache, fever, sore throat, general cold and flu (treatment and prevention), lethargy, cold extremities, toxic overload, and much more. If left in place too long it will badly blister you however, so take it off if it feels like it’s burning too much. I find 20-30 minutes good myself.
Personal Note: One person left a comment on this post that her grandmother always used this on her when she was sick as a child and it never failed to right the situation. And it seems like I remember my “Nana” using mustard poultices for chest colds, etc. I’m definitely going to give this a try, since I tend to have cold feet, especially in the winter, and I think this will feel good, plus possibly have some great side benefits!
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