You must have heard your granny going crazy about the benefits of 'sarso ka tel' and well, they are not wrong. Mustard oil does have a lot to offer, whether it is for cooking or even to oil your hair. It is one of the excellent choices to stir fry and saute food masalas that gives a strong pungent, bitter flavour. An essential presence of vitamin A, E and fatty acids like Omega-3 in mustard oil enhance its therapeutic properties such as promoting hair growth, nourishing skin, roots and scalp. Although there are tons of debates claiming the benefits and harmful effects of using mustard oil for hair. So here is a clear view of what is advantageous and what is not.
Benefits of using mustard oil
Reduce dandruff: According to Pubmed, mustard oil carries antifungal and antibacterial properties, therefore applying mustard oil on the scalp can help prevent and reduce dandruff caused by yeast production.
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Deep conditioning for hair: Mustard oil is rich in natural fats. That makes it a wonderful choice for getting deep nourishment. The fat present in oil coats every strand of hair and makes it shinier and smoother. Regular usage of mustard oil can help end hair breakage, heat damage, frizziness, split ends and flaky scalp.
Boost blood circulation: Massaging lukewarm mustard oil is a natural stimulant that helps in improving blood circulation and promote healthy hair growth.
Prevent Premature greying of hair: Mustard oil is a great source of antioxidants and iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins such as A, D, E, and K, zinc beta-carotene. All these nutrients in combination action promote healthy hair growth and stop greying of hair before at an early age.
External application of mustard on hair has not many side effects, however, naturally occurring compounds like allyl thiocyanate, erucic acid, and capsaicin can lead to irritation to the sensitive scalp. On the other hand, in rare cases, it can cause eye irritation, clog root inlets and swelling to those who are allergic to it. Experts recommend a patch test before using it to check for allergic reactions.