Mustard Plaster: Your Recipe for Congestion

Mustard Plaster: Your Recipe for Congestion-

The Mustard Plaster is an old remedy that has been used for many things.  Apparently I was born in the modern era, as I never knew of my mother using it, though she did use other home remedies.  It’s a bit unpleasant due to the heat it generates; consequently it was cast off for more pleasant treatments.

Healing Properties of the Mustard Plaster

  • Treats gout
  • Alleviates Sciatica pain
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Cures boils
  • Eases arthritis pain

For more amazing benefits of mustard, read my post here.

Mustard Plaster

Let’s get started.  You will need 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder, and 3 tablespoons flour.  Mix in about 3 tablespoons water.  Make sure it is not too runny to spread, and not too thick either.  You want it like a paste.  Spread onto cheesecloth, and apply to chest.  You may want to cover nipples with bandaids as this remedy doesn’t target them and they are more sensitive than your chest.

Leave on for 20 minutes, or for a child, just ten.  Rinse off the plaster thoroughly.  Skin will appear red and burned. Duplicate this treatment once a day for three days.  This is not a treatment that you put on before bed.  Because of the heat involved on the skin, set an alarm if you think you will fall asleep and are by yourself.

Coughing is to be expected both during and after treatment. Congestion occurs because phlegm is trapped in the lungs, so when you cough it up and out, the plaster is working and your lungs are clearing.

Some Cautions…

Please note that no two people are alike and responses to this treatment may vary.  If this is your first time, you may want to add a little less mustard, and check the plaster a little more frequently once it is applied to the skin.  If it feels like your skin is burning, wash off the plaster immediately. This does not mean that mustard plaster cannot be used as a treatment in the future, just less mustard and fewer treatment minutes.

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Let’s Talk…

What have you used mustard plaster for?  Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Heather Jacobs says:

    I have only heard of this in movies like Little Women, and such. But I did heard it worked well and probably better for you then just pumping you up with antibiotics. Thanks for sharing on Classical Homemaking Party.

  2. Carol Cook says:

    This brought back memories. I remember my grandmother making mustard plasters for me when I was little. I don’t recall how I felt about them, but I think they made me feel better.

  3. JES says:

    I have heard of this technique but didn’t realize how easy it was. Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I am interested in this!

  4. JES says:

    Good morning! This is just a little note to let you know this post has been *featured* today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth. Thank you for joining us!

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