Mustard Pack

by Dr. Laura Brown
on 11 December 2016
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Mustard pack for chest congestion


If you are coughing and feeling lousy, you may have bronchitis, a form of chest congestion. Bronchitis can be casued by a bacterial infection and it is possible to last 3-6 weeks. The bronchials are tubes from your respiratory tract down to your lungs. If they get infected, they fill up with mucus. Sometimes it is difficult to expel the mucus and it rattles around making your breath sound wheezy. 

Hot mustard powder, applied in a paste and over a cloth, can help warm up the area, loosen the mucus and make it easier to clear the bronchials. 

Recipe below 

You will need:

1 TBSP mustard flour (fresh – bought within the year)

4 TBSP flour (gluten free if need be)

warm water

coconut or almond oil

thin cotton cloth (clean cotton sheet, old  t-shirt or pillow case will do)

hand towel


  1. Mix the mustard, flour and enough warm water to make a paste.
  2. Apply a thin layer of coconut or almond oil to the chest or back (which ever you are going to apply the pack)
  3. Lay a thin sheet of cotton cloth over the chest or back area (it will absorb a little oil)
  4. Apply a thin coat of mustard paste on top of the cotton sheet. Note that mustard paste direct on skin will burn.
  5. Warm a towel in hot water, wring out excess. Test on inside of wrist for comfort, then apply over the mustard pack.
  6. Check the skin periodically and if red or irritated, remove pack right away and wash skin with warm water.
  7. Start with a shorter duration to test for sensitivity; leave on up to 20 minutes maximum.
  8. Once removed, wash area thoroughly.
  9. Repeat on reverse side (front or back)

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