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Old Fashioned Mustard Plaster
(For Chest Colds)

Note: Be careful with this recipe. I've had people E-mail me saying this recipe burned the skin on their chest!

What follows is one of them...

Hi; I decided a few nights ago to apy a mustard plaster as I had heard my Mom talk about it years ago. Well I think I added 2 heaping tablespoons of powdered mustard, flour and water. Well I now have several blisters on my chest so I hope people will put several layers of fabric between the plaster and the skin. Still Burning...

  • 4 T. flour
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 T. dry mustard
Mix in lukewarm water to form a paste. Spread on a thin clean cloth and cover. Place on chest for 20 minutes (shorter time for small children). Be careful not to burn the skin. Remove the plaster and cover the chest with camphorated oil or Vicks. Then cover with warm fabric such as flannel or a towel. Repeat in 4 hours.

Grandma Mary Cowan

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Updated: 28 Nov 96