Mustard oil is a quintessential item in most Indian kitchens. But the oil can be used for a lot more things than simply cooking, like body massage. Though a thorough massage is pleasant through the year, a massage with mustard oil during the winters can actually help with a lot.
Massage helps increase blood circulation but when done with the proper oils, it can actually heal the body. Many Indian households have used mustard oil to massage toddlers and infants to help them grow stronger bones and muscles but even adult bodies can benefit from the curative properties of the oil.
Here are some benefits of mustard oil massage, especially during winter.
Improving blood circulation
Like all massages, mustard oil massage can help radically improve blood circulation in the body. This way, the joint and muscle pains keep at bay during the dry and cold winter.
Warming the body
Mustard oil is inherently warm. Massaging with the oil can help not only warm up the body but retain the body heat inside. Managing the cold becomes a little easier with a warm oil massage.
Winter is also cold and cough season. While the common flu lasts at least 3-4 days, the annoying days can be made a little more bearable with a helpful massage. The pungent oil helps unclog congestion and relieves the body of ache. It’s also anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
Everyone is a little more conscious of germs since the pandemic. You would be glad to know that mustard oil has anti-microbial properties as it prevents growth of those pesky bacteria and fungus, which is why it’s used in pickles for long-term preservation. Keep the germs at bay with a nice layer of the oil.
Mustard oil can act as a sunscreen (without those harmful preservatives and chemicals of cosmetics). It acts as a barrier between the skin and UV rays of the sun. Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you don’t need sun protection. It also cleanses and hydrates the skin. Keeping it healthy and supple during the harsh, dry weather.