Ayurvedic Health Benefits Of Mustard

Rayi has numerous health benefits. In this post, we will discuss only how it is used in different Ayurvedic treatments.

Other Names of Mustard

Brassica juncea, Rayi, Sharshapa, Mohari, Katugu, Avalu, Katuku and Sasive.

Seeds and oil of Mustard are used in different Ayurvedic treatments.

It is thermogenic, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, carminative, digestive, anthelmintic, sudorific and tonic.

How Mustard is used in different Ayurvedic treatments


During an attack, massage warm mustard oil to which a little camphor is added over the chest and back. This liquidates phlegm and clears the airways.

You may also roast a lemon packed in mud on fire and squeeze the warm lemon(after breaking the mud pack) in some warm mustard oil. Use this mixture to massage over the chest, back and neck to loosen and expectorate obstructing phlegm.

Swollen and painful joints

To reduce stiffness and pain in joints, apply a mixture of mustard oil and camphor and massage lightly. It acts as a counter irritant and improves blood circulation.

Stiff neck

It is a well-known practice to apply mustard oil on a stiff neck and run a rolling pin over on the neck to ease the stiffness and pain.

Leg cramps

Massage the feet and legs with warm mustard oil prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger, some pepper and cumin seeds; this relieves the tired legs and refreshes the muscles.


Applying a paste of mustard over the temples mixed in oil for a heavy head serves as a counter-irritant and relieves heaviness and congestion in the head.


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