This morning during meditation Spirit brought to my attention the mustard plant and mustard seeds. I had been doing Reiki and there were some disturbances noted just before that message.
I thought of the passage in Scriptures about the mustard seed in saying that all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed and we can move mountains. So, if all we really want to do is stay healthy (which really is a big deal, so I am not making light of it), then perhaps even faith less than the size of a mustard will do.
How do you know if you have this faith? I think I just found out this very moment, when I listened to mustard seeds popping into my head and upon finishing prayer and meditation I began to investigate.
What is the faith I exhibited? It is faith in my beautiful Essence, my wonderful and Loving True Self – Spirit; that she will never lead me astray when it comes to being the best human version of Me.
But, I knew that it was more than about faith as referenced in Scripture, it was my faith that Spirit responded to my question of whether or not there was something else I could be doing to continue helping my body maintain its perfect health.
Mustard Seed Nutrition & Benefits
In researching the mustard seed I found that it is one heck of a powerful support tool for our body’s health. It contains all of the following; an army of health support to cover just about any issue that may need a little extra external support.
Mustard seeds provide the following elements, support and health benefits for the body:
- rich in phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants.
- one of the chief oil seeds, mustards are high in calories; 100 g of seeds provide 508 calories
- seeds are made of quality proteins, essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre
- high in essential oils as well as plant sterols; important sterols include
- avenasterol, and
- glucosinolate and fatty acids in the seeds are
- oleic, and
- palmitic acids
- excellent source of B-complex vitamins required from the body from external sources, such as:
- pyridoxine (VitaminB-6)
- pantothenic acid.
- B-complex groups of vitamins help in:
- enzyme synthesis
- nervous system function and
- regulating body metabolism
- 100 g of mustards provide 4.733 mg of niacin (Vitamin B-3). Niacin is a part of nicotinamide coenzymes that help lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- mustard seeds contain flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants such as:
- zeaxanthin, and
- the seeds compose a small amount of vitamin antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and K
- excellent source of Vitamin-E, gamma tocopherol; contain about 19.82 mg per 100 g (about 132% of RDA)
- Vitamin-E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucosa and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals
- calcium – helps build bone and teeth
- manganese – used by body as a co-factor for antioxidant enzyme superoside dismutase
- copper – required in production of red blood cells
- iron – essential for red blood cell formation and cellular metabolism
- selenium, and
Mustard seeds and its oil has traditionally been used to relieve muscle pain, rheumatism and arthritic pain. In India, mustard oil is applied to the scalp and is believed to stimulate hair growth. The ground seeds act as a laxative and stimulant to the gastric mucosa, increasing intestinal secretion.
Listen to your Spirit self. If you hear something, whether or not you are actively looking for something, pay attention and don’t just write it off. I have no idea exactly what Spirit knows that this conscious human is not aware of, but where perfection is required, I choose Spirit over man any given day.
As for mustard seeds, wow! What an armoury of benefits in a tiny mustard seed; just like the tiny faith needed to move mountains! I love it when Spirit has engraved in my heart words read in Scripture years and years ago, to have them sprout to mind when needed.
The seeds appear to be valuable as far as supporting antioxidant support in the body. Certainly no one would disagree and say we don’t need antioxidants given the state of our environment: toxins and chemicals in the air, radiation toxins, the soil our food is grown in, the toxins in homes from carpets and the like.
The other thing I noted in putting together this list is that I have no idea what half of the ingredients/properties are in the mustard seed.
When you are a “lay person”, i.e., without medical pedigree, how would you know to ask for or decide if the following might be helpful, when you’ve never heard of things like:
- superoside dismutase, zeaxanthin, and sterols – brassicasterol, campesterol
- sitosterol and avenasterol
This is just another concrete example of the very real need for each of us to consult with our True Self, Spirit, when we need help for anything, and in this case to ensure our body is getting the best support!
Do I need to know exactly what is going on, personally? No. I trust my essence, my Spirit my True Self that she knows and wants the best for this human body.