19. The B list : Herbs and Spices that Heal- BLACK MUSTARD


Black Mustard
Brassica nigra
Annual Growing herb
Originally from the Middle East
Join Gulzaar foods as we discover the potential of BLACK MUSTARD!


Appearance and description

  • An upright plant, the mustard plant is branched and grows up to 2m tall
  • Large stalked leaves which are waxy
  • Covered with bristles at the base and smooth at the stems
  • Reaches up to 90 centimeters
  • Flowers have four yellow petals
  • Each stem four flowers at the top that forms a ring around the stem 
  • The plant forms seed pods with four seeds
  • Once the fruit ripen, on maturity the seeds burst out into the open
  • One fruit produces more than a thousand seeds
  • The seeds may be black or reddish brown



  • Leaves of the young plant cooked or used in salads
  • Primarily known for seeds
  • Sauces and salad dressings



The leaves and seeds are known to have quite a pungent taste that makes vinegar.

MUSTARD SEEDS Health Benefits

Mustard seeds are known to provide health for

  • Muscular pain 
  • Ringworm
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Respiratory disorders

Different plant paths are beneficial in treating diabetes, cancer and detoxifying the body.

Poison repelling properties exert therapeutic effects maintaining cardiac health. This promotes healthy hair and skin. Lowers cholesterol and works wonders for women during menopause



  1. Brassica nigra (L.) K.Koch is an accepted name". theplantlist.org. 23 March 2012
  2.  O'Sullivan, Eve (17 February 2014). "How to cook with mustard seeds".
  3. Allen J. Coombes The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants, p. 241



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