Overview

Black mustard is a plant. The leaves, seed, and oil from the seed are used to make medicine.

Black mustard is used for the common cold, joint pain, arthritis, lung illnesses, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, black mustard leaves (greens) are used in salads and other dishes. The seed is used as a spice and to flavor mustard condiment. There are approximately 40 different species of mustard plant. Black mustard (Brassica nigra) is the most pungent.

How does it work ?

There is not enough information available to know how black mustard might work for medical conditions. Black mustard contains chemicals that might initially reduce pain when applied to the skin. But contact with the skin for too long might cause skin irritation and burning.

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