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The ancient concept of packs have been used down through the centuries to create and develop certain states in the body. The mustard pack, better known as mustard plaster, has been used to treat bronchitis, gout, lumbago, sciatica, neuritis, to break up internal congestion, relieve pain, act as a counter irritant and improve circulation.
Begin with plenty of paper towels and a large cotton dish towel folded in thirds. In a medium size bowl mix 1 tablespoon of dry powdered mustard (not hot mustard) with 3 to 7 tablespoons of flour. For a stronger effect, you can use equal amounts of both ingredients. This will make a small mustard pack. For larger packs, double or triple this recipe. Using tepid water, moisten the mixture until it is the consistency of cream cheese. Do not use hot water. This will prevent the release of oils that are needed for the pack to work.
Spoon the mustard mixture on the paper towels and fold to make a packet. Place this packet inside the folded dish cloth. Heat the pack by placing it on a hot water bottle or heating pad set on the lowest temperature. Oil the skin of the area where the pack will be placed with vegetable oil or olive oil. Place a thin cloth over the area and apply the mustard pack. Cover the area with a comforter or a light blanket.
The heat will seem intense as the mustard pack starts to work, but will lessen. Normally the pack just feels hot. When the skin becomes very red, transfer the pack to other areas. If you are treating bronchitis, start with the front of the chest and move to the upper back. With a mustard pack, any area of intense pain can be helped. Leave the pack in each area from 2 to 10 minutes. The pack will have lost it's potency in approximately one half hour.