Lots of people are experiencing coughs and colds this year. A mustard plaster is a simple home remedy that you can use to help break up congestion, open the lungs, and improve a cough or chest cold. Here are the instructions for how to make one. There is a video below with a demo.
- Dry mustard powder (find this in the spice section of your local grocery store)
- Small bowl or container for mixing
- Hand towel
- Lay a clean hand towel on a flat surface
- Mix 1 part dry mustard powder with 2-4 parts flour in a small bowl or container
- Slowly add a small amount of warm water to the dry ingredients and mix with spoon. Continue adding water until you achieve a thick paste consistency.
- Spread this mustard paste onto half of the hand towel.
- Fold the towel in half, making a "mustard sandwich". Fold so that none of the paste is exposed.
- Place the towel on your bare chest, ensuring that the mustard paste does not come into direct contact with the skin.
- Set a timer for five minutes, and check the skin on your chest after five minutes. You should see some redness start to appear, and you may feel a warming sensation on your skin.
- Put the towel back on the skin and set another timer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the towel when the timer is done.
Cautions and Recommendations
- Risks for this treatment include blistering of the skin if the mustard paste comes into direct contact with the skin, or if the treatment goes on too long.
- Leave the mustard plaster on the chest for a maximum of 20 minutes per treatment
- You can repeat this treatment up to three times per day
- Be sure to set a timer, and never fall asleep with the towel on your chest
- This treatment is safe for children and adults
- Avoid placing over open wounds, sores, or non-healed surgical incisions
Here is a quick video with a demo. The video quality isn't great, so we will create our own version soon and replace this with ours.