Plasters are oily or waxy mixtures blended with herbs and applied to the chest or abdomen to stimulate internal organs. In times past, the mixture was spread onto a cloth and rolled tightly for storage. Then, when needed, it was unrolled and applied.
Never fall asleep while using a plaster unless there is someone to watch it. Do not leave on longer than thirty minutes as deep burns can result.
- 1 tablespoon powdered Mustard
- 4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- Moderately hot distilled water
- Wheat germ oil
Place a handkerchief on a plate. Mix the mustard and flour together to form a thin paste, spread on the handkerchief, and fold the corners together to form a flat pack. Apply to the affected area and cover with plastic wrap to prevent staining clothing or bedding. Cover with a folded towel to retain the warmth. The mustard may warm up slowly. If, after five minutes, greater warmth is desired, apply a hot water bottle. Be sure to check the skin every few minutes to make sure it is not becoming too red.
The total treatment time should be twenty minutes. After the procedure, wipe the skin with a soft cloth or cotton ball dipped in olive oil to remove all remnants of the mustard. Cover the area with a clean towel and leave on overnight.
This treatment should be performed in the evening so that the patient can rest with its effects through the night. It stimulates the circulation deep within the tissues and is particularly useful as a treatment for irritated kidneys when placed on that area.
For those with sensitive skin, the water in the formula can be replaced with an equal quantity of egg whites. This will prevent blistering. Mustard is available in varying potencies, ranging from mild to very hot. Thus, the condition of the skin must be watched carefully and the poultice removed if the skin becomes too red or irritated.