Mustard Plaster for Chest Congestion Relief

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Mustard Plaster for Chest Congestion Relief
General Information
  • Poultices
  • Topical
  • Easy
  • 4 minutes
  • 1 application


  • Mustard Seed
    Mustard seed
  • Water
  • Flour
  • 1/4 cup of mustard seed (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons of water (warm)
  • 1/2 cup of flour


Mustard plaster, or mustard poultice, is a known folk remedy for a variety of respiratory ailments. Mustard has potent rubefacient properties, which means it promotes an increase in blood circulation to the skin surface and results in the chest area becoming warm and reddish. This opens up the respiratory tract, encourages movement of phlegm, and helps prevent worsening of chest congestion.

  1. Place the mustard powder and the flour into a bowl. Mix well.(1 minute)
  2. Start adding the water little by little while mixing the ingredients until a smooth paste is formed.(2 minutes)
  3. Take a cheesecloth and fold it three times to increase it thickness. Then apply the paste to its half and fold the other half over the paste.(1 minute)

Place this warming mustard plaster once daily on the chest for half an hour or less if experiencing discomfort. Do not apply the paste directly to bare skin to avoid burns. You may follow this poultice application with a warm shower.