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Many wonders of mustard seeds

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

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“Silent doctors don’t make sport!” Thus I am obligated to share an experience with you.
On Sunday we arrived at St John’s Parish Church at 5:45 to commence the family’s morning walk. It was performed at an extremely blistering pace – down Pot House Hill, up Bath and Colleton Hill, and back to base.  
Unexpectedly, I was then invited to visit the burial site of the late Prime Minister David Thompson.
As I whispered a few words, my mind was again infused with these: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20). As I was penning this article, light consciously “hovered” over me as wisdom began to unfold.
 Let “silent doctor” mustard make your day as the light of the Creator blesses you. The yellow flowers which bloom on Brassica juncea display its healing capacity. It belongs to the Bassicaceae family. Mustard green is forgotten or faces extinction in Barbados, but we can save it.
I dedicate myself to encouraging people to share its seeds, to keep the species alive. In fact, last Saturday my neighbour refunded me with some seeds. I intend to have them blooming in my garden for Agrofest 2011.
Mustard leaves are very pungent and are excellent sources of Vitamin A, B1, B2 and B6, C and E, beta-carotene, folic acid, magnesium, copper, fibre, potassium, protein, calcium, iron and niacin. Some people use it to treat asthma, sore throat, heart disease, menopausal symptoms, toothache, itching, external parasites, pyorrhea, epilepsy, colic, bladder inflammation and haemorrhage. Cancer prevention may also be considered.
Additionally, mustard seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids, iron, manganese, zinc, protein, calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, niacin, mono-unsaturated fats, phosphorous and zinc. In some cultures mustard seeds are used to treat paralysis, abscesses, bronchitis, colds, anorexia, snake bites, splenic disorders, rheumatism, ulcers, stomach disorders, symptoms associated with menopause including distorted sleep patterns, asthma, cancer, migraine attacks, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and heart disease.
You can also do research on mustard plasters, which are still being used to successfully treat asthma, rheumatism, stiff neck, arthritis, chest congestion, aching backs and sore muscles. Mustard oil is used to treat damaged hair, dental infections and pneumonia. Mustard oil is more useful than its economical price and appearance suggest. I can assure you it has boosted my health.
As you eat the leaves, rub with the oil, use the seeds and powder, you can repeat: “I love and approve of myself, my health and healing.”
In conclusion, faith combined with a mustard seed is divine. Happy mustard planting!