Mayapura, West Bengal
Bengalis love their mustard seed oil. It has a pungent scent but when you investigate its phenomenally great benefits, it compensates for the strength of the smell. Locals put it in their hair. Apparently hair loves it. It’s also beneficial for the skin. Bengalis also cook with it. It’s recommended for internal consumption. Not much, but some.
Mosquitoes don’t like it so that’s a plus. Another advantage to its usage is that when a small amount is applied to the skin in the sun, it protects the skin leaving it healthy. I’ll have to remember that the next time I walk through Nevada.
Our guru, who is from Bengal, prescribed a tooth paste of primarily calcium carbonate, sea salt and mustard seed oil. I recall making a large batch for the ashram the year I joined (’73). The stuff is great for the teeth even as it whitens.
The massage man who came to oil me up yesterday and today, used the mustard seed extract. I got warmed up immediately. My knees, which have some poor blood circulation as of late, felt a relief. It’s true. It also acts positively on arthritis.
Let’s go down the list a bit further. It boosts your appetite. (I’ve tossed wild mustard leaves in my salad when going across Canada. Just plucked them out of the ditch.) Mustard oil fights bacterial infections, as well as fungal infections. It prevents phlegm, contains Vitamin E, and helps to treat colds, which there are a lot of in Mayapura right now. It’s a miracle oil!
May the Source be with you!