This remedy is great for breaking up congestion in the chest. It can also be used for arthritic joints (ones that are not hot and inflamed), for backache, or to improve circulation.
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon of mustard powder (do not use the prepared condiment-style mustard)
- 4 tablespoons of flour for an adult, 8 tablespoons for a child and 12 tablespoons for an infant
- Two pieces of flannel, each cut to measure about 8 x4 inches
Mix the mustard powder and the flour (using the appropriate proportions regarding age) and add enough water to make a paste that is thin enough to spread. Spread the mixture on one of the pieces of flannel, leaving a margin on all sides. Using the other piece of flannel, make a ‘sandwich’ with the mustard mixture contained in the middle.
Put a layer of vaseline on the middle of the chest, over the sternum (breastbone). Put the plaster on top of the vaselined area. Do not put anything heavy or hot on top of the plaster. Leave the plaster on the chest until the plaster gets cool. Remove the plaster if the skin gets irritated, or if a rash appears. A mustard plaster can be used several times a day. After removing the plaster and the vaseline cover, keep the chest covered to prevent chills.
If this remedy does not seem strong enough, you may omit the flour and just make a paste with mustard powder and water. However, it is imperative that the chest has an ample covering of vaseline in order to prevent burns!!!
IMPORTANT: Do not use this second method on children!