Mustard plasters are a simple and effective way to treat congestion and coughs. These can also be used to alleviate aches and pains associated with inflammation. The vapor from a mustard plaster helps to break up congestion. The plaster also increases circulation and oxygenates the area of contact.
HOW TO MAKE A MUSTARD PLASTER
Place 2 cups of flour and 4 tablespoons of dry mustard into a small bowl and blend with a fork. You can use prepared mustard if that’s all you have on hand. Continue stirring and add a small amount of warm water until the mixture is the consistency of paste. Spread this onto half of a flannel or cotton cloth that is sized at least 1 foot by 6 inches. Fold the cloth over onto itself. Lay this onto a baking sheet in your oven on its lowest setting and leave it for 5 minutes. If you leave it too long, it will overheat and harden. Remove the plaster from the oven. DO NOT MICROWAVE YOUR PLASTER.
To use the plaster, wear a thin t-shirt and place the warmed plaster on top of your chest. Don’t apply the plaster directly to your skin. Plasters can be applied to the back and the chest at the same time. Cover the plaster with a warm blanket and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.
If the skin becomes irritated, blistered, reddened or otherwise painful, remove the plaster. It is not recommended to leave the treatment in place longer than thirty minutes. For small children, you can halve the recipe and only apply the plaster for 10 to 15 minutes, checking to make sure the skin has not become irritated. It is not recommended to use the plaster on children younger than 6 years or on frail elderly persons.
This treatment can be re-applied every 4 hours until the condition improves.
This article is for information purposes only. Readers that incorporate these methods do so at their own risk. None of these guidelines are a substitute for the care of a trained healthcare professional.