Last updated on January 31st, 2023 at 01:22 pm
The last couple of years has greatly set the stage for illness, and the goal of not getting sick. Here is the deal, I don’t believe our goal should be to not get sick or to avoid illness at all costs.
Getting sick and mounting a fever is actually a way for the body to naturally cleanse and purge itself – think of it as a great reset.
We need to create an environment that supports the best possible outcome to sickness and this means being prepared for illness (especially when you have kids). It is important to acknowledge risks and to have a plan (and supplements of supportive treatments) on hand when illness hits.
A simple mustard chest pack is just another little natural tool to have in your holistic wellness toolbox.
Mustard is a rubefacient, which means it stimulates blood circulation through the dilation of capillaries. When mustard is applied over the lungs it helps open them up and encourages expectoration of mucus that may be trapped.
The reason for wanting to encourage the movement of phlegm through coughing is to help prevent infections like bacterial pneumonia in the lungs.
How to make a mustard chest pack?
♦ 1 tbsp very fine (this is important) mustard seed powder
♦ 4 tbsp flour
♦ clean filtered water
♦ a drizzle of olive oil (or coconut oil if you prefer)
♦ organic cotton muslin cloth
♦ warm, wet washcloth
1. Combine the mustard seed powder and flour in a small bowl. Drizzle in a little bit of the clean filtered water to make a paste – it should not be too thick or runny.
2. Sterilize the muslin cloth by boiling it in water for 10 minutes. Carefully squeeze out the excess water so as not to burn yourself.
3. Lay the sterilized cloth open onto a clean cutting board.
4. Spread a thin layer of mustard paste onto the cloth.
5. Apply a nice and thick coat of the oil onto the chest and then place the mustard pack onto the chest. Cover with a warm wet washcloth.
6. Leave in place for 15 minutes and then remove the mustard pack and wash the area with warm water.
7. Use as needed up to three times a day while sick.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.