Mustard seed oil is produced from black mustard, brown Indian mustard, and white mustard. The oil makes up about 30% of the seed. It consists of fatty acids like omega 3 & 6, zinc, selenium and a high amount of beta-carotene.
Mustard seed oil is used for cooking in a lot of places in India and has a pungent smell and tastes quite nutty. However, I’m not planning to eat it.
Benefits of Mustard Seed Oil for Hair
- Mustard seed oil contains a good amount of beta-carotene. The beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, which is a key component in healthy hair growth. Mixed in with a scalp massage oil, it can help stimulate hair growth.
- It also alters pre-mature graying and darkens the hair. I’ve tested this with my henna treatment and it works wonders.
- Selenium, an anti-oxidant property in the oil, protects the hair and scalp from free radicals.
Mustard Seed Oil Recipes for Hair
- Mix it in with coconut, olive and almond oil and massage into the hair and scalp. Cover
your hair with a shower cap and leave on for 2 – 3 hours before washing and conditioning as usual. You can also apply some heat to help it penetrate better. Due to its other properties, its probably best to use it prior to shampooing.
- As a natural treatment for dandruff, you can combine several drops of lemon with mustard seed oil, apply to your scalp and massage in. Leave in for about an hour, then shampoo and condition as normal.
- Combine with a henna treatment to combat greying.
A Word of Caution Before Buying Mustard Seed Oil
- Mustard oil is sometimes adulterated with another oil named argemone oil, which makes it toxic. Always look for a known brand and check the seal before purchasing.
- It goes rancid quickly so buy in small quantities and store in the refrigerator once opened.
- Check that the expiration date is not too close to the purchase date.
If you are an avid DIYer, have a look at How to DIY Mustard Seed Oil. The process is very simple and takes less than 30 minutes.
Fast Fact: Interestingly, mustard oil is banned in some countries because it’s considered unsafe for consumption. I found this article on wikipedia about the reason why. Although there are claims mustard seed oil is safe for consumption once heated, I prefer to go for the more common cooking oils.
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