25 November 2008

Mustard essential oil is a hazardous oil because of its high content of allyl isothiocyanate.

Botanical Name
Brassica nigra

Extraction Method
Mustard oil is extracted by the process of water distillation or steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Mustard oil is no less than 92% allyl isothiocyanate

  • When mustard oil is inhaled, it produces an extremely unpleasant sensation in the occipital regions of the head and causes inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eyes and the mucus membranes of the respiratory system
  • When applied to the skin, it provokes a burning sensation and should never be used in aromatherapy


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