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The Marvel of Mustard…In a Bath

Powdered (dry) mustard is a spice available in food stores.
It is an old folk remedy that can be used in a hot bath to relax sore muscles and help give a good night's sleep.
Some people also use it to fight off a cold at the first signs.
I buy my mustard at United Grocers / Cash & Carry, 751 S 2nd Coos Bay, OR. A 1 pound container costs approximately  $5.00, or you can buy the mustard in the small jars in the grocery store for about four dollars which may  be enough for one bath.


  • Put 1/3 cup of mustard powder in a Hot Bath
  • You may put the mustard in a bowl and then slowly add water & stir, to better dissolve the powder and avoid lumps. Then add this mixture to the bath water.
  • Make the bath as hot as you can safely tolerate.
  • It is important to break a sweat.
  • For neck-support use a small inflatable pillow or a rolled-up towel.
  • Soak 10-20 minutes
  • Shower to remove mustard from your skin. You can make the shower any temperature you chose from warmer to tepid. Cold will likely awaken you which may interfere with sleep.
  • Go to bed.
  • Make this your very last activity of the evening.

General Information/Theory

  • The hot water will open the pores of the skin.  The mustard draws out the toxins or poisons from your body.  It is excellent for muscles that are sore or may become sore or tired from overwork.
  • I am unaware of any scientific studies regarding mustard baths but the concept has been around for over 100 years.
  • Most bathtubs are too small to fully soak in.  Some kitchen / bath stores sell a suction-cup cover to block the overflow of your bathtub.  Or you can stuff a piece of aluminum foil in the overflow opening.  It is your choice to leave it in place for your next bath or to remove it.


Use common sense
  • If you feel any burning or stinging on your skin you may be allergic to the mustard.  Shower off immediately. (I’ve only heard of this happening once).
  • Very hot baths should be avoided by persons with heart conditions; who are pregnant; stroke patients or those with a fever.
  • Some people feel tired or weak after the bath. Be careful to keep your balance. Use caution as necessary.
Rev. Apr 27, 2008
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