Mustard oil is used for cooking purposes, for salad dressings and to marinate meat before cooking it. It is heated well before cooking to remove the harmful acids and the strong smells.
It is also used as preservative for pickling purposes and for chutneys and other similar elaborate items.
The oils are also utilised for preparation of home made cosmetics and beauty aids which are used to improve skin and hair.
There is a culturally significance attached to mustard oil and it is used on important occasions such as weddings.
It is used as fuels in some cases also.
It is used as an essential oil as it has anti bacterial, appetite inducing, vitalizing qualities. and stimulant qualities.
Uses and Benefits of mustard oil
Though it is said the mustard oil contains harmful substances like erucic acid, it has been used for centuries in India and offers a plethora of health benefits to its users. Mustard oil is low in saturated fats. Saturated fats which clogs the arteries and cause heart attacks, hypertension and blood pressure. It is rich in natural antioxidants and Vitamin E and other vitamins, fatty acids like Omegs 3, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It can reduce cholesterol levels. It has various medicinal properties too and is antibacterial in nature and fights infections. Mustard Oil has anti fungal properties. This is due to the presence of the substance, Glucosinolate.
Mustard oil is used for massage purposes and in Ayurveda. It is said to improve the blood circulation and muscular strength. It aids in reducing the effects of arthritis and also detoxifies the body from harmful substances. Mustard oil is used as flavouring in food processing industry and it will also denature alcohol.
Some experts assert that the mustard oil is better than the famed olive oil for the heart. Less levels of pesticide are present in the mustard oil as processing is much less here and this prevents stomach ailments and cancer. The oil is rich in mono-unsaturated fats and the required omega fatty acids, and thus improves the quality of life. The oil contains good amount of proteins, phytins, phenolics and calcium and is a safe oil. Use of Mustard oil is good for the hair as it improves the hair quality and volume.