Mustard plasters - one of the most common folk remedies for colds, proven over the years. Surely they will be found in every home, and if they were not found, mustard mustards are presented in any assortment in any pharmacy, and if you don’t be lazy, you can cook it yourself. The question arises: how to put them correctly, so as not to harm your body, for how long and if there are any contraindications?
Mustard plasters: home use
Mustard plasters are sheets of thick paper, covered with a layer of non-fat dry powder of sarep or black mustard. On sale you can meet 2 types of mustard plaster: sheet and laminated. The first ones are made on a paper basis and are covered with mustard powder using a special adhesive composition. The latter are a laminated sheet divided into 4 cells. They can cut into several pieces and use separately.
Mustard plants act as a reflex: they warm the skin, the secreted essential oils irritate the nerve endings, while the vessels are dilated, the blood circulation is increased and the metabolism is accelerated, due to which inflammation resolves, pain is relieved and improves the protective function of the body.
Mustard plasters are a real home therapy that saves you from many diseases. More often mustard plasters put in respiratory diseases - bronchitis, tracheitis, laryngitis and pneumonia, but they also help to overcome other diseases: radiculitis, insomnia, migraine, renal, intestinal and hepatic colic. The main thing is to put mustard plaster correctly..
How to put mustard plasters?
Even in this, as it seems at first glance, a simple medical procedure has its subtleties. Hippocrates knowingly said: "In the spoon - medicine, in the cup - poison". Any medication should be used wisely, this also applies to mustard plaster. Do not abuse! For successful treatment enough 1 procedure per day, best to do it before bedtime.
- Before using mustard plaster in a horizontal position must be lowered for 15-20 seconds. into warm water, then immediately attach to the desired body area for 5-15 minutes. Cover with a towel or blanket to prevent skin from cooling. If sick soon feel intense heat, it means you did everything right. 5 minutes is enough for the first time. If a there was a strong burning sensation and pain - clean the mustard plaster, to prevent burns. The skin has already managed to turn red, which means that the application has worked.
- Now wipe this place with cotton wool or a towel moistened with warm water, removing mustard residue, You can also lubricate this area with petroleum jelly or boiled sunflower oil. But you can not handle the skin with alcohol or cologne.
- After that, cover the patient with a blanket or a warm blanket to keep warm.
- In various diseases mustard plasters should be placed on different parts of the body. With catarrhal diseases application is placed on the chest, but not near the heart, or on the back under the shoulder blades or between them. With insomnia and hypertension mustard plasters applied to the calf of the feet, migraine - on the back of the head, radiculitis and renal colic - on the waist, with angina pectoris - on the heart area, and when intestinal colic - around the navel. Can do and foot bath with mustard powder. If you do everything right - the effect will be immediate.
Mustard plaster: contraindications
Do not forget about caution, read for a start with a list of contraindications.
In no case mustard plasters do not put with high temperature, skin diseases, psoriasis (in the acute stage), eczema, neurodermatitis, allergic reactions to mustard essential oil, oncological diseases, convulsions, severe exhaustion, pulmonary hemorrhage, tuberculosis, as well as during lactation and during pregnancy.
How to make mustard plasters at home?
It is not so difficult and will take very little time. You will need mustard powder, flour or starch, a thick sheet of paper and gauze.
Mix dry mustard powder with oatmeal or regular flour, you can take starch, in the ratio of 1: 1 and add some warm water. You will have a mixture similar to dough. Apply it on a thick sheet of rectangular paper or bandage, cover with gauze on top and let dry. You can use mustard plasters immediately or dry and put in reserve. Store mustard plasters in a dark and dry place.
Remember - no matter how good the traditional medicine is, it will never completely replace the methods of classical medicine. Take care of your health!