Mustard Packs

Mustard Packs

A mustard plaster is a topical application of a mixture of mustard seed powder, flour, and water to an affected area. The active ingredient in mustard seeds has the ability to increase blood flow. Thus, promoting circulation and releasing toxins from the body. For example, if you are suffering from a chest cold, apply a mustard poultice onto the lungs. It will clear the congestion and the cough. This home remedy also works well on joint and other areas where there is inflammation. For example, it can be used to relieve arthritis and back pain.

However, it is important not to apply this poultice directly onto the skin as it can cause blisters. The heat generated from the mustard seeds is sufficient to cause a burn. So always put a towel between the skin and the plaster.

This video teaches you how to make a mustard plaster.

Equipment needed:

  • Mustard powder (equal parts with flour)
  • White flour + enough water to make a paste to cover the chest
  • a small towel to cover the skin
  • a hot pack (optional)

Cover the chest for 15 to 20 min or remove it when it feels too hot.


Mustard plaster is contraindicated if you have: sensitive skin, allergy to mustard seed, open skin (e.g.: rash, eczema, wound) and any area where heat is contraindicated such as diabetic or spinal injury.

Warning: NEVER put the mustard paste directly on the skin. Mustard plaster can be very hot and cause blistering. ALWAYS have a towel between the affected area and the plaster.

Ref: Modern Hydrotherapy for the Massage Therapist.  By Marybetts Sinclair p102