Energetics: Warming and drying
Mustard has been cultivated and harvested for thousands of years; archaeological evidence has shown that mustard was used as a spice 6,000 years ago in Northern Europe. Dijon, France is famous for its preparation of mustard created in 1856. Mustard grows practically everywhere.
Two types of mustard seeds are readily available: Brassica alba, which produces seeds that are white or yellow and have a mild flavor and Brassica juncea, which produces brown seeds that have a hot, spicy flavor. The Brassica plant is actually part of the same plant family that produces cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale) which are some of the healthiest foods because they most resemble their ancient ancestors. The brassicas have not changed significantly from their predecessors and still contain an impressive amount of phytonutrients, which have been shown to have strong cancer-fighting potential, mustard included.
Mustard has been studied extensively for its anti-cancer properties. Compounds found in mustard seeds (AITC’s) have shown promise to use in cancer treatment and prevention. Mustard seeds and oil support heart health, possibly because of their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Using a mustard seed poultice directly over the lungs has been a long lived tradition to help people with congested lungs and bronchitis.
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
2 Tbl. Prepared yellow mustard
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
1/2 Tbl Lemon juice
2 Tbl Honey
Mix all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight (it's important to let set for several hours for the flavors to blend)