Benefits of mustard seeds

Benefits of mustard seeds

A long time ago, I gave up eating meat and buying some products from the store. One of them was the mustard. The benefits of it are from the seeds and not from the variety of the products. There are indeed many kinds of it. Yet, it is also true that mustard we buy (not only) contains more unwanted ingredients than mustard seeds. It is the main reason I decided to have homemade mustard on my plate.

Let see where mustard comes from and why is important.


It probably originates from the Mediterranean region, but various cultivars are grown in Europe.

Presently, mustard is grown in over 21 countries. Major production is happening in Europe, Canada, Nepal, India.  


Mustard seeds are small round seeds of three different plants: white mustard, brown (Indian) mustard and black mustard. The plant reaches about 4-5 feet in height and bears yellow flowers. The seeds are about 1-2 mm in diameter and are found inside a fruit pod.

Generally, there are three main varieties of mustard grown worldwide for use.

White or yellow mustard:    

The seeds are light straw-yellow and slightly larger than the other two varieties. They exhibit mild pungency.

Brown mustard:  

Brown mustard seeds are well-known and generally used in India for centuries.

The seeds are native to sub-Himalayan plains of Northern India. They exhibit a more pungent aroma than the yellow type.  

Black mustard:

The seeds commonly grow in South Asia. They have the highest pungency.

It is well known that mustard is extensively used in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladesh, the Mediterranean and German cooking. As whole seeds, powder form, pastes and/ or oil, all are used in the kitchen.

Benefits of mustard seeds

As you’re probably aware, mustard seeds are a source of benefits, for they contain phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Mustard seeds are rich in: 

Calcium – helps bones and teeth

Copper – in the production of red blood cells. It is also thought to be important for infant growth, brain development, the immune system and for strong bones.

Iron – for the red blood cell formation and cellular metabolism

Mangane – cofactor for antioxidant enzymes.

Magnesium – It helps to maintain nerve and muscle function, adjust blood glucose level. It helps bones remain strong, keeps the heartbeat steady and supports the immune system. It also aids in the production of energy and protein.

Phosphorus – Its main function is in the formation of bones and teeth. It is also needed for the growth, maintenance and repair of cells and tissues. 

Potassium – it helps to maintain fluid balance, muscle contraction and nerve signals. 

Selenium – make special proteins called antioxidant enzymes with a role in preventing cell damage.

Sodium – helps to maintain the balance of water in and around cells and maintain stable blood pressure levels. It is important for proper muscle and nerve function. 

Zinc – is a vital nutrient for growth and development, wound healing, and needed for the body’s immune system to properly work. It is also needed for the sense of smell and taste.

Other Benefits:

Mustard seeds have been used in India for centuries. They have been used in recent medication in India and China and also in Europe and North America. See below a table about traditional and present-day medicinal applications of mustard seeds. The table is part of the one presented in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) Seeds in Health by Reka Szollosi, pages 671-676 in Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention, 2011.

Traditional and Present-Day Medicinal Applications of Brassica juncea Seeds

Symptoms/DiseasesEffectsForm of ApplicationGeographic Area of Application
AbscessesAnti-inflammatoryMustard paste (poultice, plaster)China, India, North America
BackacheAnalgesicMustard paste (poultice, plaster)India
Foot acheAnalgesicMustard paste (poultice, plaster)India
LumbagoAnalgesicMustard paste (poultice, plaster)India
RheumatismAnalgesicMustard paste (poultice, plaster)China, India
SwellingAnti-inflammatoryMustard paste (poultice, plaster)No data
ColdAnti-inflammatory, antibacterialMustard paste (poultice, plaster)China, India
EruptionsAnti-inflammatoryMustard paste (poultice, plaster)China
PneumoniaStimulant, expectorantMustard paste (poultice, plaster)No data

Used in small amounts, mustard seeds, and its oil is considered safe for consumption. Mustard seeds are also used as plasters to treat rheumatism, arthritis, chest congestion, back pain, and muscular ache. 

Large quantity may cause varied affection: gastric irritation, stomach, and intestinal mucosa bleeding. It can cause skin burn as prolonged plaster over the skin.

However, I like using mustard for homemade mayonnaise, eggplant paste, cauliflower salad, salad dressings, vegetable burgers … 

My mustard recipe:

I have looked on the internet and found several good recipes. I tried some of them and decided on the simplest and easiest way of doing it. The way I like it.

Usually, I buy mustard seeds from “Dried Fruit. I pay for a bag of 500 grams a little bit more than the cheapest mustard jar found in the store. 

  • 100-150 grams of mustard seeds
  • 150 ml apple vinegar
  • 50-100 ml of water
  • Turmeric
  • Honey
  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Mustard seeds are grounded. I soak the powder in water and apple vinegar for 48 hours. Then, I mix it with spices, sea salt, and honey. Sometimes, I add basil, tarragon, coriander powder, or chilies… I just follow my heart desire. Then, I put the mustard in a jar.

The benefits I have from homemade mustard:

  • from 1 bag I make 3-4  jars of mustard
  • it is homemade
  • I make it with ingredients I choose to
  • it is easy to prepare
  • tasteful
  • cheaper

The recipe I use does not have the intention of teaching you to make mustard as I do. I decided to share it with you because as I did it, everyone can do it. Moreover, we all deserve quality and health in our life.

I wish you tasteful homemade mustard on your plate. 🙂

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Your Wisdom of living a Happy life

Your Wisdom of living a Happy life

Each of us is looking for “a splash of happiness.” When we do not find it, we feel sad and disappointed, and consider ourselves unlucky and unloved. We blame our partners for we see them responsible for our unhappiness. We blame our parents for not bringing us up as we think they should have done. Even children are blamed for not being what we were not or how we want them to be. We try blaming everything around us. Do those things make us happier? Is it the wisdom of living a happy life?

In my opinion, we do all the blaming because

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

Counting troubles

It is something we are taught to do. To live in fear of lack and blame everything around us, for nothing goes right for us. Yet, right for us is what the ego wants and how it wants it. 

When you love, you do not look for counting troubles. Loving, you see what is good and beautiful in everything. Then, You do not care so much about how our partner looks like, about his car and job. You see nothing that is not love.

You don’t love someone for their looks, their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

– Oscar Wilde

A heart is like a woman

You hear that song, for it comes from your heart.

The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of a woman, the woman is the heart of man, and she turns man’s head because she turns his heart.

― Peter Kreeft

The woman’s heart touches a man’s heart, but a man is equipped with the power of will. That is also turned by a woman’s heart. It is because

When the wife loves her man, she feeds him with willpower.

Luule Viilma

În those couples where the woman hates the man, he becomes weak, without power, and vigor. He takes refuge in drinking, working hard and spending time away from his loved ones as much as possible. 

You can see that kind of man in the couples walking on the streets. The couples where the man keeps a distance from his wife. Or she keeps him so close to her as she is afraid he is going to do something that will make her unhappy. She has to control everything about him, including his breath … In those couples,  the man does everything his wife wants not because he loves her so much. He has had enough arguments with her. Now, he does not find his power of will to leave her or change himself.

Body language

Usually, looking into someone’s eyes you can see if that person is happy or not. Even from distance, you might “read” signs of happiness or unhappiness from someone’s body language.

Luule Viilma also says:

Look at your partner’s back and you can see your feelings. “If his back is straight, powerful, beautiful and exciting, it is because of your love. If the back is bent, weak and sick, this means that his wife does not love him enough.”

He is not happy for you are not happy. If you are not happy he is not happy. It is like a circle and you can break it changing the way you live. You can follow your wisdom. It belongs to your heart and following that you are happy and make happy people around you. Therefore, when you love, you know self-love and love for others.


Loving others is respecting and loving yourself and the human being you are.  How can you do it? 

Look into eyes and see the beauty eyes reflect. Love everything you look at.

Loving people is not being in a specific relationship, as being alone is not being unable to love. 

My life taught me that is is not painful to be alone. It is a way you chose to know yourself. It is also a way of listening to the silence of your soul. Doing that you might find that you are the person you should believe in. Moreover, you owe your life to yourself. Should not you live it happy?

I have also been taught to go within to see what I feel. In the beginning, I found a lot of pain, for I was considering myself unworthy and imperfect. My inner child was afraid of making mistakes and looking to make everything perfect for not disappointing parents, relatives or friends. A child who had to learn that he is good and perfect as he is in his perfect imperfection. To understand that everyone makes mistakes for learning to live in this world. Moreover, I developed my defending system that silence is better than talking, and trying to be perfect might make me better than others. 

You truest wisdom

My life lessons have taught me that the wisdom of living happily is not in my external world. It is not in someone or something else. It is not in trying to be perfect, in suppressing ego, anger, and hatred. Understanding them, looking for their roots and following your heart, you can live a happy life.

I have been taught that

  • Everyone is born being worthy
  • Nobody is better or less good than anybody else. 
  • You can stand up for yourself 
  • You can Love yourself 
  • There is beauty everywhere.   
  • Love is all and everything is possible with love.

Following the wisdom of your heart, you can achieve your happiness. You only have to stick to love, for

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

– Charles Dickens

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Romania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In 2011, Leif Pettersen was writing “Romania’s Top 5 World Heritage sites”. The article was published by in partnership with Lonely Planet. In my previous post about Romania, I was sharing with you 10 Misconceptions about Romania. Today, I decided to share Romania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

So far, UNESCO has inscribed eight sites in Romania on the list of World Heritage Sites. It is a range from natural sites as Danube Delta and the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians to cultural landmarks.

In my opinion, whoever sees any of them at least once in his lifetime will love Romania.

Let virtually visit them:

Cultural Sites (6)

1.Churches of Moldavia  

The region of Moldavia as part of Romania is scattered with painted monasteries. Many of them have been founded by Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) as a gratitude for his victories over the Ottomans. Many monasteries have murals painted on both inside and outside. However, exterior murals have survived even after centuries of exposure to the elements.

There are eight UNESCO protected Churches of Moldavia:

  • Church of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Monastery in Humor
  • Church of the Annunciation Monastery in Vatra Moldovitei
  • Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist in Arbore 
  • Church of St Nicolas and the catholic of the Monastery in Probota
  • Church of the Holy Rood in Patrauti
  • Church of the Resurrection of the Monastery in Sucevita
  • Church of St George of the Former Monastery in Voronet
  • Church of St George in Suceava

2. Dacian Fortress of the Orăștie Mountains  

This site is filled with mystical and positive energy and mystery. 

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There are six Dacian Fortresses located in Transilvania, in Hunedoara and Alba counties, in a wonderful mountain area. Fortresses were once the nucleus of the Dacian Kingdom. People’s bravery from that kingdom made Herodot, the Greek father of history name them “the bravest among the Thracians”.

3. Historic Center of Sighişoara   

The Chinese made copies of different famous cities like Venice, Paris, and Austrian Village. For Transylvania for sure, they have to make a copy of Sighișoara. The spirit of the medieval age is in every stone.

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Sighișoara is a small medieval town with cobbled and narrow streets, well preserved historical buildings, and small squares. It looks like a real fairy tale. 

Visiting Sighișoara, you breathe its history. Therefore, it is difficult not to fall in love with the town. 

4. Monastery of Horezi  

It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 1993, due to its beauty, and cultural significance.

It dates from the end of the 17th century and was founded by Prince of Wallachia Constantin Brancoveanu. It is a beautiful church with extremely well-preserved paintings over the centuries. It is also considered a stunning architectural masterpiece.

5. Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

The villages with fortified Churches in Transylvania are another cultural heritage of Romania. Why fortified churches? Being exposed to invaders who were searching for grains and valuable goods, locals built the churches in the middle of the villages and fortified them. Consequently, they built protective walls and special chambers for hosting a large number of villagers and their goods. 

Beside their beauty, the fortified churches are a way of teaching visitors about the architecture of the 13th-16th centuries. 

The spectacular villages are:

  • Biertan,
  • Viscri (the village where Prince Charles has purchased and restored houses) 
  • Prejmer 
  • Valea Viilor 
  • Câlnic 
  • Dârjiu
  • Saschiz 

6. The Wooden Churches of Maramureş

The county of Maramures is situated in the northern part of Romania. According to Lonely Planet, Maramureş is home to some of Europe’s last peasant villages, strewn among rolling hills and steeped in local customs and history”.


You can choose to visit the ancient church in Ieud dating from 1364, or one of the tallest wooden structures in Europe, a huge steeple of 72 m of the church in Surdești. Visiting Maramureș, probably you will want to visit the all eight wooden churches that are World Heritage Sites.

  • Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the temple in Bârsana
  • Church of St Nicholas in Budești
  • Church of the Holy Parascheva in Desești
  • Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in Ieud
  • Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Plopiș
  • Church of the Holy Parascheva in Poienile Izei
  • Church of the Holy Archangels in Rogoz
  • Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Șurdești

According to www. “Visiting Maramures is an extraordinary experience, like walking into a fairy tale or stepping back into medieval Europe.” – Sarah Shuckburgh

Natural Sites (2)

7. Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is one of the largest and best-preserved of Europe’s deltas. It is located in Dobrogea, Romania and is Unesco World Heritage and also, Unesco Biosphere Reserve. 

8. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forest of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

This is a shared site and is spanning over 12 European countries. It shows the importance of the beech forest as natural heritage. It is also a legacy of the forest spread across Europe in a few thousand years.

Romania has nine locations where the European beech is protected by Unesco

  • Lotru Mountains
  • Țibleș Mountains
  • Șinca Secular Forest
  • Slătioara Secular Forest
  • Cozia Massif
  • Domogled- Valea Cernei
  • Cheile Nerei-Beușnița
  • Izvoarele Nerei
  • Strimbu Băiuț

Taking a tour of Romania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites you love each of them. Your tour becomes a cultural journey in time in this beautiful country, for all sites are places you Never forget. This is Romania

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Can you stick to love?

Can You stick to Love?

We are concerned about the weather, past, and future, about money and our daily life. Are we concerned about sticking to love? Can we stick to love?

To stick to love in a world where everyone demands to be loved by others? It seems easier to learn and teach how to hate and hurt each other. Though, can we love ourselves?

It seems to be difficult to start loving ourselves. On one side, everything around you is controlled by others. Everyone wants to control someone or something else. On the other side, everyone demands someone else to love him. Can you receive real love when you do not give it even to yourself?

Can You stick to love?

Roy T. Bennett says

Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.

The Light in the Heart

Unfortunately, our fear of accepting and loving ourselves is what weighs us down.

1. Accept yourself

Each of us has his challenges and experiences. It is not easy to accept yourself, because, in the selfish world we live in, everyone sees someone else better than himself. Or, everyone is looking to use someone to get where they want, then they no longer need that person.

In this world, it is not easy to accept that you are wrong because you judge yourself or someone else judges you. You are named sinful and then you think you are no worthy. It is also not easy to accept that you are selfish because you see yourself better than others. Moreover, in the ego’s society, the law, the rules, and the religion take care to make you feel guilty, sinful and worthless. However, you are neither worthless nor worthier than others as no one is worthier than you are. You are born worthy!

When you accept this, you can accept your dark side. Accepting that, it helps you to see your light. In fact, it’s only in the dark of night that you can see the stars. We all need to accept ourselves as we are!

2. Believe in yourself

Believing in yourself is doing things in another way than you have been taught. It means that you can pursue your dreams and live them. It means following your way of living the life you want. That does not mean pursuing someone else’s expectations and desires, but yours.

In this world, you need to listen and believe in your intuition, for it is your real tuition. Following that, you do not care much about a certain job, position, and money. You know that nothing is more valuable than YOU ARE. 

You believe in yourself doing the things you believe in. The things which make you happy, even if they are new and unexpected things for you or others.

So, every single day, you still wake up, believe in yourself!

3. Love yourself

Being imprisoned by your fears, you live with the need for somebody else’s love. You are scared of being alone, for you are scared you are not lovable. 

Loving yourself, you are freed from that burden. Loving yourself you love others and they will love you. It does not mean that everyone is going to love you or help you in one way or another. Yet, you can find within the power you need to look at yourself as you are a lovable human being.

Look into the mirror, and love what you see, no matter your look, age, height, or weight, no matter … whatever … , for you are … YOU. 

Be grateful for every moment of your life, every person walking along with you, every moment you can smile, every sunshine, every cloud, for everything is part of your life. 

Nobody gives you what you do not give yourself! Even in the loneliest moments of your life, you are the only one who can stick with yourself. You are the one who needs to love you. Why would not do it with love?

 Love YOURSELF for you DESERVE your LOVE!

Every drop of gratitude you give or receive melts into love. All the love we offer to ourselves is part of our journey. It is the journey in which we learn how to love ourselves and love others. Loving yourself is the real path to love.

Why? It is because Love gives meaning to your life, and it is everywhere.         

You can stick to Love


by Daniela Topârcean, January 2020

Infinite love...
inspire me to look you deeper
and deeper within
to know and live from my heart
and yours...

Inspire me to find out
words of light to express
your celestial song .. blue symphony
in which you embrace and delight me
with infinite harmonies
of life...

When I give up in gratitude and love
you sing from my soul like a violin,
you exalt me ​​in wonderful rainbows
or in cascades of light
for me to fully live you,
with abundance .. with intensity .. with tremor ...
in every Now ...

Thank you ... No one can stop you
To sing me the way you want to
To lift me to heaven...
to give me .. all you want...
everything that is written in the book
of my life...

You are so clear …
you give me a reason to give up
full of this dance, through endless spaces,
dimensions ... through universes and galaxies
discovering the heart of eternity
Our now .. the infinite moment
 of our shining fusion
in the Sun of Deity.

You hug me and always surprise me
with your power and grace .. with your uniqueness...
with your ineffable charm ...
in this dance of our lives and living,
dance of conscious creation
shuddering in the light ...

I feel the flow of your song in every atom
of my being, I live it with every breath
allow him to expand freely
throughout the Universe …

You are
everywhere ..!

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