Mustard Essential Oil has very different reputation in the world. In India it is eaten a lot and people believe it is very healthy. In other parts of the world people think it is toxic and it should not be eaten. Some countries sell it only for massaging purposes.
However, mustard essential oil showed very efficient on insect bites, renewing hair, stimulating appetite etc. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties as well.
There is a big difference between mustard oil and mustard essential oil. They are both made from Black or White Mustard but the process of making them differs a lot.
Heat is used in production of mustard essential oil which induces a reaction of an enzyme Myrosinase and a glucosinolate Sinigrin from mustard seeds. These two together make Allyl Isothiocyanate (from Black Mustard) and normal Isothiocyanate (from White Mustard) which indeed is toxic by its nature.
You can find this substance and fatty acids (Oleic, Linoleic and Erucic Acid) is essential in mustard oil. There are also several antioxidants such as vitamin E.
It is known that mustard essential oil is stimulant. It boosts circulation and thus is great for massages. It also stimulates digestion by helping your body producing gastric juices. It also stimulates system for excretion.
Another property that essential mustard oil shows is irritation. This is the reason why it can be rubbed into numb parts of the body to bring back sensation.
Mustard essential oil can enhance appetite.
You can use essential mustard oil externally to cure bacterial infections on skin or internally to relieve bacterial infections of gastrointestinal, urinary and excretory system. It can eliminate fungus on skin.
Mustard essential oil chases insects away and treats their bites. Hair loss is prevented with this oil. It nourishes hair and improves circulation in your scalp. You can rub mustard essential oil into chest to reduce phlegm in your lungs. It will keep you warm in the winter.
This oil stimulates glands to sweat more and in this way it helps body to eliminate toxins. It opens pores on the skin. Mustard essential oil will stimulate your immunity system too and add strength to your muscles. If suffering from arthritis massage it into painful joints.
This oil can relieve congestion that accompanies a common cold. You can rub it into your gums to eliminate bacteria and prevent tooth decay.
If you are pregnant be careful with essential mustard oil. Women in India use it regularly without side effects but if you are not used to it, do not experiment if pregnant.