As the name suggests, mustard oil is a fatty vegetable oil extracted from the mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in color and slightly pungent. There are generally three types of mustard oils depending upon the manner of extraction. The first is a fatty vegetable oil obtained by pressing the mustard seeds. The second one is a essential oil that is made by grinding the seeds, mixing them with water and extracting the oil through distillation. The third process involves infusing mustard seed extract with other vegetable oils such as soy bean oil. All three categories of oil have a pungent nutty taste and a strong aroma.

Being an edible oil, mustard which is also known as the ‘Sarso Ka Tel’ or ‘Sarson Ka Tel‘ in Hindi, ‘Aava Nune‘ in Telugu, ‘Kadugu Ennai‘ in Tamil, ‘Kedugenna‘ in Malayalam, ‘Rainu Nu Tel‘ in Gujarati, ‘Rai Da Tel‘ in Punjabi, ‘Mohariche Tel‘ in Marathi and ‘Sarsay Tel‘ in Bengali. It is widely used for cooking in northern, central, eastern and north eastern India. Unfortunately, it was considered unfit for consumption by countries like USA, Canada and European Union as it contained erucic acid which had adverse effect on rats. However, later it was proved that vegetable fat was less digested by rats and that consumption of this oil had no adverse effects on humans. Moreover, mustard oil is rich in non-saturated and unsaturated fats, and hence is beneficial for heart.

Apart from being a favorite in grandma’s kitchen, this oil forms a part and parcel of Indian tradition and culture. It is used for lighting ‘diyas’ in Diwali as well as in rituals performed in North Indian weddings. Being a rich source of omegAlpha3 and omegAlpha6 fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, it is considered as one of the healthiest oils. It has been used in Ayurveda since times immemorial due to its healing and medicinal properties and is considered beneficial for hair, skin and body.

Mustard Oil Benefits:

The uses of mustard oil (sarson ka tel) are many. To make this an easier read we have split this article into the heads of health, skin and hair benefits.

Benefits of Mustard Oil For Skin:

Mustard oil is extremely beneficial for skin and is often used in aroma therapy treatments. However, before applying it topically, it is advisable to do patch a test to ensure that you are not allergic to it. Moreover, cold pressed mustard oil should be considered for topical application. Some of the benefits of this oil for skin are as follows.

1. Removes Tan and Dark Spots:

Mustard oil is effective in removing tan and dark spots to give you a naturally glowing skin. For this purpose, prepare a face mask by mixing mustard oil, besan (Bengal gram flour), curd and a few drops of lemon juice and apply it on your face. Rinse with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes. This should be done thrice a week for best results.

[ Read: Remedies for Dark Spots on Face ]

2. Lightens the Skin:

In order to make your facial skin smooth, apply a mixture of mustard oil and coconut oil on your face and massage the area in circles for 5-6 minutes. Gently wipe your face with a smooth and wet cotton cloth. This will stimulate blood circulation, thus lightening your skin as well as getting rid of pimples.

3. Natural Sunscreen:

Due to its thick consistency and high levels of vitamin E, topical application of this oil protects your skin against the harsh ultraviolet rays and other pollutants, thus preventing skin cancer. Vitamin E prevents ageing and wrinkles besides acting as a sunshield.

4. Stimulates Sweat Glands:

Whether consumed or applied topically, mustard oil stimulates the sweat glands and opens the pores of the skin. Thus, it helps in reducing the body temperature and removes unwanted toxins, water and salts from the body.

5. Treats Rashes and Infections:

Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, mustard oil is effective in treating rashes and other skin infections, thus preventing your skin from dryness, dullness and itching. A body massage with mustard oil rejuvenates and cleans your skin by increasing blood circulation.  Besides, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is effective in reducing skin inflammation and facilitates quick healing of cuts and wounds.

6. Lip Care:

Mustard oil is a great remedy for dry chapped lips when lip balms or chap sticks prove to be ineffective. Before going to bed, just apply one or two drops of mustard oil on your belly button and you will never have dry or chapped lips. This is an ancient remedy which has proven to be effective in moisturizing and softening your lips.

[ Read: Remedies To Treat Swollen Lips ]

Benefits of Mustard Oil For Hair:

If you wish for long, thick and lustrous hair, then mustard oil is a good solution for a healthy mane. Be it consumption or application, mustard oil provides essential nutrients to the hair follicles for proper growth. Some of the benefits of mustard oil for hair are as follows.


  • kabeer

    what is masterd oil?

  • sandra

    i don’t understand. in the beginning of this article it says that mustard oil contains vitamins &minerals and than to the end of this article it says that mustard oil doesn’t contain any vitamins nor minerals only oils. Doesn’t make much sense.
    So, which one is true???

  • saba naaz

    Oh!!! That’s my mistake. You follow the nutrition chart.

  • Divya Gaikwad

    The information was really in deep which added a lot to dictionary thank you for such an informative article

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Angel, when mustard oil is applied to the skin it stimulates the sweat glands and opens the pores of the skin, this way the oil removes unwanted toxins, water and salts from the body. This remedy should be followed by splashing your face with cold water or wrap few pieces of ice cubes in a smooth, muslin cloth and rub this on your face. This will close the pores. Apply a light moisturizer afterwards.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Angel, whenever you apply mustard oil or any oil to the skin or hair, it would be advisable to not to step out without washing of the oil. Oil on skin or hair can attract dust and dirt leading to more problem. Apply the oil before going to bed and wash it off next morning or apply the oil during your week off’s when you tend to stay at home and wash it off at leisure.

  • StyleCraze

    Yes Manisha, edible mustard oil can be used for hair.