Mustard Oil, one of India’s staple cooking oils, had a very important role delineated for it in the ancient Indian healing science of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda bases its diagnoses on certain biological energy types known as Dosha. There are three Dosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The combination of these Dosha determines the kind of person you are – physically, mentally and even spiritually.
In Ayurveda, Mustard Oil is used to increase Pitta and to pacify Kapha and Vata.
Pitta governs the “heating principle”. Mustard Oil has the power to enhance metabolism; improve the functioning of the digestive system; develop a lustrous skin tone; and ensure healthy blood, blood vessels and circulation.
By pacifying Kapha, Mustard Oil ensures the avoidance of joint pains; digestive problems; a tendency to put on weight; lethargy; and frequent coughs and colds.
Mustard Oil also pacifies Vata, thereby avoiding irritable gut syndrome; constipation; sluggish blood circulation; dry skin; and chronic fatigue syndrome.
This doesn’t mean that you always need to take Mustard Oil in the form of Ayurvedic medicines and formulations. An easier – and more delectable – way would be to make Mustard Oil a regular part of your daily diet. Make it your primary cooking medium – and live a healthier life.