White Mustard

(Sinapis alba (brassica alba), fam. Cruciferae)

The seed is round, with a flat surface, pale-yellowish color, with bitter taste and no aroma. In water, it releases great quantities of mucilage, which comes from the outer layer of the seed shell.

It contains tioheterosid, sinalbin, liquid oil, mucilage, proteins, etc.


It is most frequently used as an efficient means for coughing out, either alone or in combination with other herbs (flax seed, marsh mallow, and aniseed).

Due to the strong bitter taste, it may both be used externally and internally, as a skin reddening means (stimulates peripheral circulation), for massages and heating up aching spots.