Old-Timer’s Cure-All For Cough & Cold: A Mustard Plaster

For centuries mustard plasters were the tried and true home remedy for the flu, coughs, colds, pneumonia and many other ailments. It was used regularly up until the not too distant past since this poultice was thought to sweat out all the “ills” the body held.

IngredientsAs more pleasant cures came on the market, use of the poultice went down in popularity.

This can be an uncomfortable treatment (from the heat it generates), but it was believed that it knocked sense back into the body and did a good job drawing out all the “gunk” flus and congestion bring with them.

This isn’t a 100% guaranteed cure, but IMHO it’s one tough gangster bug that laughs one of these bad boys off.

If you’ve ever wondered how they are made and how to use them, here’s an old recipe I’ve had for years…

Mustard Plaster Remedy

4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons dry mustard
Water (lukewarm)


  • Mix the dry ingredients together then add the water to make a paste. The paste should be smooth and easily spreadable but not too thin so that it runs or is watery.
  • Take a clean flour sack towel and spread the paste evenly across top half (one side only), fold up the bottom half of the towel and apply to chest area. Do not apply paste directly to skin or it may cause blistering. Cover with a fresh towel then top with a heavy blanket to encourage sweating (the fresh towel protects the blanket from any staining). If needing a large size poultice, cover an entire flour sack towel with the paste, then top with another flour sack towel (or make two separate ones).
  • Leave plaster on for up to 20 minutes, remove if skin turns deep red and is in danger of blistering. If using on children, watch tender skin carefully (not to be used on children under school age unless directed by doctor). Some reddening is normal as heat & circulation is being drawn to the surface.
  • Remove poultice, wash skin with a warm cloth to remove any traces that may have seeped through, dry and apply a layer of lard or vaseline over the skin.
  • Next apply to back for same amount of time or until danger of blistering appears, again covering with a heavy blanket and following procedure above.
  • This can be reapplied every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
  • A warm bath or shower can bring some comfort to the patient after treatment, but they must be supervised at all times due to their weakened condition from the illness (not left alone for even a minute). This is standard care in all cases of illness.


  • I’ve seen some recipes that recommend applying a layer of vaseline on the skin before applying poultice cloth, this apparently helps prevent any blistering…however, still “peek” at the skin every few minutes to watch. It is also thought that by using egg white instead of water to mix the paste, there’s some protection against blistering.
  • Flour sack towels are a cotton tea towel. If you don’t have any, you can apply this paste to an undershirt or some other thin fabric like flannelette. For children, a cotton terry towel can be used.
  • The ratio of ingredients can be adjusted if necessary to accommodate lower tolerance levels (it can get uncomfortable), but remember the purpose is to draw heat (and the illness) to the surface.
  • This stuff is no joke–you really do need to watch for blisters, especially on tender skin. Do not fall asleep with this on–set the alarm clock if you’re treating yourself (for 5 minute intervals).
  • Along with colds & flus, these were also commonly used for treating sore muscles, arthritis, treatment of back pain, poor circulation and gout (and many more things I’m sure). Simply apply to the area afflicted.

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    • Cynthia

    I think Im going to use this on my three year old, but with more caution and probably adjust the ratio. My daughter is coughing crazy and the since there isnt nothing seriously wrong with her all that congestion and mucus needs to come out, and since there is no medicine out there for her age, im going to do it the natural way.

      • Lana

      Try 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part raw honey. Natural cough medicine.

        • Donna

        My grandmother used this on my mom and her 10 siblings, and my mom used on us kids, and I used it on mine as well when he was little.
        It works great to break up coughs.
        However, my grandmother used to tablespoons of flour and one teaspoon of mustard, then water. Made into a thin paste which would be spread over an old T-shirt or sheet cut up. One on the back and chest.
        Left untill pink, about 12 to 15 min. Rinsed
        off in warm shower, jammies then bed.

          • Renee Marshall

          Is the paste touching the skin or is the shirt touching the skin with the paste on top?

            • Sherry Paulsen

            The paste is to be put on a clothe of some thickness.

            • wilma riley

            my mom & granny made mustard patch .i wore it on my chest all night long.i never had a cold ever again

            • June

            My Mom made it in a towel or flannel cloth. The mustard plaster laid on the towel and it was folded so the top was covered too.

        • Lyn

        Brings me back years ago when my aunt used this for pneumonia. I wish I could find it already made

      • EvelynU

      Keep in mind that poison ivy and arsenic are also all-natural! Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Are you sure your daughter doesn’t have whooping cough? (also an all-natural occurence.)

        • Cathy

        OMG! Why do people have to be so sarcastic!!??? My mom used these on us all the time when we were young and never once had any poisoning!!! Ya. I can be sarcastic too! Anyway they work wonders to to loosen up a congested chest. Still use them. Always will. And we always plastered a good dose of Vick’s on before and after the Tx. Also we only left them on for 15 mins. But I’m thinking next time I’m going to try the 20. Remember to stay under the covers. YOU WILL sweat it out. Them a nice warm bath is in order and new Jammie’s and bedding!! It gets pretty wet under there. ??

          • Rena

          My Mom used these on me several times as a kid. I was always sick. She brought me through pneumonia and bronchitis many many times. Doctors were not around where we lived and even when I did see a doctor they had nothing that worked better. I just looked up the recipe because I have some viral thing that isn’t going away and I can’t sleep laying down. So going to get hubby to help me do this. Ignore ignorance. It just simply means they are ignorant! Feel the need to be important by making a comment about something they have no idea what they are talking about. The way of the world these days.

            • Sue

            Great response Rena!! My mom used them on my sister and I when we were young and it worked great. Probably not popular cuz Doctors can’t push their prescription agenda!!

        • Sara

        Honey and vinegar are not dangerous. Seriously?

          • They are not dangerous Seriously!

          I have used a teaspoon of vinegar many times! Ann’s hot honey water! Can’t see putting them together could be any different! Going to try it now!

      • Darlene in North GA

      Sounds like what my son had. Turns out, he has “cough-specific” asthma. He doesn’t WHEEZE, he COUGHS and clears his throat a lot when he’s having an episode. I’m a former medic and paramedic, but I had never heard of such a thing as “cough-specific” asthma before. However…the Dr. prescribed an inhaler which worked well for a while and then he ended up in the ER with a cough that really wouldn’t stop. They used a nebulizer to break up that episode.

      I’ve also found that when I get sick, 2 Tbs of lemon juice, 2 Tbs of alcohol (vodka, rum, whatever you have), and 1 Tbs of honey mixed together and taken a spoonful every hour or so will break up a cough that otherwise won’t go away for 6 months. For the kids, the Dr. said to use 1 tsp of it. For me, one Tbs of it. Personally, I don’t drink and only tried this because it was try it and hoped it worked or be hospitalized after having gone through 6 months worth of different antibiotics and steroids! It worked! I was well in 3 days time. Also, I do NOT take any of this and drive anywhere at all. But then I’m very conservative when it comes to any kind of painkiller/alcohol and driving anything. hth

        • lmc

        I’ve had this same problem that just got worse as I became an adult. I was tested for allergies, asthma and, after ruling out EVERYTHING else, the doctor came up with what seems to be the correct diagnosis and treatment for the issue;
        non-allergic rhinitis
        Prescription/course of action:
        stay away from things that cause me to cough, create mucus, including nose that runs with a thin, nearly water-like, clear trickle of discharge. If I can’t avoid these things that trigger it, then I am to take a medicine such as Mucinex DM Extra Strength (pills – cheapest place to purchase is Costco – 44 count, 24 hour extended release pills cost, on sale, $19.99. And, if I take them BEFORE I am exposed or if the exposure is minor, I am able to split the pill in half and it works for the 24 hour period. It doesn’t impact the extended release mechanism, either.
        Triggers: dust, smoke, residual smoke on clothing, cloth and wood furniture, spray air fresheners EXCEPT Fabreze Brand, anything that creates a super fine mist or a that can float in the air including old, degrading carpet and backing fibers that may not even be visible. Pet hair/dander can be a problem, but if I shave my pet with the shortest level clipper blade, no problems with breathing arises – and it DRAMATICALLY cuts down on clean-up of and after the pet, too!
        I do know that there may be gases that come out of the stomach that then enter the esophagus and are carried into the lungs and these fumes can cause mucus production in in the lungs and coughing – but this typically occurs in older people, not children – and it will not cause a running nose. For a while, I continued to take Nexium, “The Put purple Pill”, for awhile, but I eventually stopped taking the medicine once I was successfully diagnosed and treated. When I quit taking the Nexium, I didn’t notice a difference so acid reflux was ruled out and now I can nearly always rely on my Mucinex DM, Extra Strength with the occasional use of an old fashioned steroidal inhaler.

        If I fail to catch the congestion, it inevitably turns into serious, long term bouts of bronchitis and even, on a couple of occasions, it turned into such a severe case that it was eventually ruled to be “walking pneumonia”. I would get this YEARLY, it would start in mid-fall and last to mid-spring – nearly 6 mos. out of EVERY YEAR. It was terrible until I learned to counter it, attack it before it set in, taking my Mucinex DM, XStrength at the first sign of the trickle of my nose! Oh, and if I am going to be in contact with the items that cause irritation and production of mucus, I try to not participate in the situation if at all possible or, I take my MDM -ES before coming into contact with it. I haven’t had a case of bronchitis or pneumonia for nearly 5 years now – since following these precautions and taking my MDM-ES.

        But, as I am reading these posts, many of them “ring true” for me, also – and this is what I went through for the first 38 years of my life until I was correctly diagnosed and treated. I had to go to a reputable pulmonary/allergies doctor.

        I promise that this is not an advert for Mucinex products and another clarification – it MUST BE Mucinex DM EXTRA STRENGTH (stressing DM EXTRA STRENGTH)!

        Good Luck !

          • Candace

          Once I had one of those nagging coughs with a relentless stinging in my throat, making me completely unable to speak to my guests at the fine dining restaurant where I worked.

          The bar tender put a double-shot of Grand Marnier liqueur (a French orange-flavored brandied liquor) in a brandy snifter and lit the alcohol on fire just long enough to warm it, but not to consume the alcohol – I blew out the flame and I drank it down while still warm.

          I GOT THROUGH THE WHOLE EVENING WITHOUT ANOTHER COUGH OR TICKLE – Far better than any other cough syrup (OTS/OTC, prescription, or homemade concoction with honey). In fact honey burns my throat, so it isnt a good cold remedy for some.

          But I say never play with fire – so you might consider heating it on the stove or microwave (items not readily available in restaurants in the early 80s.

          Candace – as always I seed the advice of a medical professional when using any remedy. Especially if you are on other medicines.

            • Janet

            I am a bartender and Grand Marnier DOES NOT light on fire. The alcohol content is not high enough. Bars typically use Bacardi 151, which is hard to find at an actual establishment nowadays, probably because it is so potent. A clean, strong liquor such as whiskey or vodka will help much more as opposed to a liqueur(basically meaning sweetened) such as Grand Marnier. It’s all about circulation in your body folks!

          • Joyce

          I have a very similar situation to yours but have also learned that one of my sinuses dips low enough that the roots of my upper teeth are exposed, which creates a place for mucosal bacteria to grow. I use the Mucinex DM ES approach as well, but I also take 2000 units of vitamin D3 daily. When I ran out of D3 about two months ago I learned how important that part is — I’ve had two episodes and the MDM ES isn’t enough. I’m feeling desperate enough to let the ear nose and throat doc fix my sinus.

          • Sara

          LMC, thank you! This sounds like my situation!

          • Angel D Lynch

          This sounds exactly like what I’ve went through for the past several months. All the allergy/asthma testing has came up negative but I had a constant post nasal drip. Now I just spent 3 days in the hospital with a case of pneumonia and I’m still recovering from it a week after being released. I just tried this mustard plaster recipe to help. I’m screenshotting your post to show to my PCP this week.

            • Pauli

            I had pneumonia and in hospital 4 days. Now have tight chest and bronchitis. Thinking of making mustard plaster. Did it work for u? Plz reply asap

        • Angela Colasanti

        The term is exercised induced asthma. Slight exercise causes constriction of the trachea and asthsma-type coughing occurs. Once relaxed, it’s over.

        • Lori Winkelman

        Thanks for the cough syrup recipe! I am trying the honey plaster now, but will make the cough syrup when I get up.

      • Sharon

      Please take VERY seriously the fact that this stuff will burn! I did not get proper instructions years ago when I used it for a frequent head cold which always resulted in Laryngitis. (several times in a 6 month period)
      I wore it overnight, not knowing the proportions of mustard to water and flour. I had burned the upper part of my chest like a very bad sunburn . Aside from the fact that I did receive burns,the poultice worked, the cold broke, my voice came back!

        • brittany

        I did the exact same thing how do u get rid of the burn??

        • Lori

        Ready for a bit of irony? “Prepared” mustard for the burn. It does work. I have used it on myself and kids for any burn, also prevents blisters and takes away the pain. When they get a burn they run for the mustard in the fridge. If it is cold it feels that much better 🙂

      • Jill

      My grandmother used milk instead of water. She said it stopped the skin from burning.

      • Heather

      I grew up in a home where both parents smoked, and was consequently left with a tendency towards bronchitis. What works for me to loosen the mucus, is to heat a cup of milk with half a teaspoon of turmeric, and then add honey to taste. It is especially effective taken on an empty stomach.

      • Linda

      Iam now 66 years. I was 5 when I had pneumonia. We did not have the money to go to the hospital. My granny put a mustard pack on me and it did help me breathe and get well.

      • Carol Brentnall

      What makes you think there is nothing seriously wrong with her? I would suggest a visit to the doctor to determine why she is “coughing crazy” and she has congestion and mucus which is the body fighting infection. My mother used this on me when I was a child and it works well. I am looking it up tonight to use on myself because a very bad cold turned into a lot of coughing and I have Asthma so I am really struggling to breathe. Children don’t cough for nothing please take her to a doctor or clinic.

      • Bonnie

      My Dad made these when I was a kid. The next morning all the congestion was gone. It is amazing!!!

    • Ron

    If a tsp. of baking soda is added to the mustard & flour, the risk of skin burn is alleviated or greatly reduced.

    • Marie

    My family has used this since the late 1940s and the recipe they’ve used is 3 tblsp flour; 2 tblsp dry mustart (as fresh as possible); and 1 egg white. The egg white prevents blistering. Once burning begins, leave 20 min. This has never burned/blistered anyone in our family in all these years and this remedy works!! We got this from our family doctor in 1948.

    • Ray

    followed recipe but no heat from plaster. any ideas?

      • TipNut

      It could be the dry mustard is stale, try a fresh batch. If that’s not it, try increasing the mustard amount. Hope that helps!

    • Lou

    Thank You, Thank You! This is greatly helpful!

    • Rose

    I frequently got bronchitis as a child in the 50’s and my mother always used mustard plasters on me. Thank you all for your recipes because I lost mine and
    they did work.

    My mother added 2-3 tablespoons of crisco to the mix and it became a dough which was easier to manage in a towel.

    • barbara

    My grandmother treated me with mustard plasters when I was a child back in the 50’s. They work. I can remember her coming over every day and treating me, then covering me with heavy blankets. She passed away many years ago and I never got her recipe. Thank you for printing this.

      • Shiela

      When I was a young teenager my Mother was very sick with pneumonia and my Father was away. My sister and I were very worried because she was so sick so we called our Grandmother up and she told us how to make a mustard plaster n to put it on a piece of flannel and lay it on her chest. We did everything she said and waited. Our mother’s fever broke and she was much better. we were so scared. That was 50 plus years ago and I couldn’t remember the recipe. I am so glad to have found it again. thank you.

    • Carla

    My grandmother used mustard plasters on my brother and me as well. She also used the Vicks vapo rub on the chest covered with one of my grandfather’s handkerchiefs. I didn’t like the process but it always worked.

      • Candace

      My mom used Vicks also – she put it a smidge under your nose to clear your sinuses and rubbed it right on your neck and on your sternum and collarbone. Then tied a clean dry, soft cotton baby nappy (cloth diaper) like a bandana around your neck to keep the rub from staining your PJs (a 1960s style remedy for bad chest colds and laryngitis).

    • Nicky Capp

    I was treated to mustard plasters all during the 40’s and 50’s. After having been burnt once, my mom started preparing the plasters with dry mustard and olive oil. No flour, no water. She would mix both ingredients to form a soft paste, spread it on half of a flannel cloth, fold it in 2 and put 2 facecloths on the side that would face away from my skin. Then, with the soggy side next to my chest, she would tie it to my camisole and leave it on all night. No heat – no burn – and best of all – it works! I have always had bronchitis and this breaks up the phlegm in my chest. I still use it to this day and will be turning 70 in a short while.

      • Linda

      How much of Mustard and Olive Oil ratios. I am a massage therapist and when we use a hot oil that starts to burn we turn down the heat by adding our mixer oil which is olive oil or grape seed oil or one of the non-nut oils. That is probably why this works as the oil from the mustard is very hot, just like the Chinese hot mustard that you eat is hot, same thing as when you add whole milk it is the fat in the milk that calms down the heat.

    • DeAnn

    Memories… As a chld, I really didn’t like the mustard plaster treatment, but it certainly did make me feel like I was being cared for!

    • KathyJ

    My mom would make mustard plasters for my dad who was prone to getting pnumonia. She would mix the dry mustard with lard tho, and we would wear it all night. You wake up with greasy skin and bed clothing but it works!She always said “you can tell when (insert name of one of us kids here)is REALLY sick, he/she asked me to make a mustard plaster.”

    • Rose Spike

    Growing up Mom used mustard plasters on all 8 of us kids and it worked. She is 88 now and I told her about my cold and pain in my lower back and she said to use a mustard poulice but wasn’t sure of the ingredients. Thanks to this web site I was able to read it to her and she told me how she did it. We always was given raw honey and apple cider vinegar for the cough as well
    treating an upset stomach
    I just tried the olive oil with the mustard but I never felt any heat so went back to mustard, flour and water.I feel better.

    • barbara

    be very careful with a child when using mustard plasters. my son was coughing for a whole day, i used a combination of lard and dry mustard on a flannel cloth like my grandmother used to do for me and the next morning he was very blistard. he had measles! the pediatritionj told me i was too youg to be using old-fashoned remedies! my kids still wanted me to make one for them (which i did) but i always made sure that the doc checked them out for childhood normal diseases! good luck, the most important thing when mixing is to be sure there is no “lumps” in your mixture before spreading onto the flannel.

      • Candace

      Just dont leave it on all night – thirty minutes to an hour at a time – with long breaks and wash the skin between treatments.

    • Loree

    I am glad I found this info! My grandmother was a full-blood Cherokee from the South, and she used this on us when we were little. It really does work! She would rub Vicks VapoRub on our skin, then layers of cheesecloth or old sheets, apply the mustard paste on both chest and back, then apply more cloth and tie it into place. We would sleep with this on all night, and the next morning our congestion would be gone. I never took an antibiotic until I was in high school.

    Unfortunately, she died several years ago and none of my older relatives remembered how she used to make this. Thank you for the information–I will start using this again!

    • Gloria Druss

    Back in the ’50s when I was a youngster, my brocnitis wouldn’t clear up, and my doctor said if I wasn’t better by the next morning, she’d put me in the hospital. My grandmother made me a mustard plaster, and the next morning I not only didn’t have to go to the hospital, I was able to get up, go out and resume my normal life!

    I just recommended a mustard plaster to a friend with brochitis, and because I never found out how to make one, she went online and found this site, and forwarded the information to me. I don’t get as many bronchitis attacks now, but I’m filing this info just in case. Mustard plasters rule!

    • Christine

    I’m 60 now and my mother made this for me lots as a child but I had to endure goose grease as a base.She also made poultice out of warm milk and bread wrapped in towels.

    • debbie

    can I use a wet mustard for this.

    • Doug

    It really works. In the ’60s we used this on a cow, after 5 previous ones had died, and it worked. The culprit was pneumonia resulting from pigeon droppings on the hay.

    • Hally

    This really works… the only thing that I would add to the dry mixture is a bit of baking soda to prevent burning the skin with the plaster compress on flannel or I have tried I used a t-shirt fabric. And to keep mustard compress mixture soft I have put and 1 teaspoon of olive oil

    • Laura

    Has anyone ever used this for gout? I am very curious since this is the first time I have seen this suggested. Thanks!

    • Kate Florida

    I have a sore, inflamed toe. Do you think a mustard plaster might work on it? I don’t know why my toe is inflamed. I do NOT think it is a fungus.

      • Lance Marchand

      Kate, have your toe checked out. Sounds like could be gout.

      • Donna

      Try polysporin with triple antibiotic on your toe. Cover it with a bandaid. Keep using it until your toe heals, I’ve had sore toes around the nail and polysporin cleared it up. Usually only a couple of days.

    • Leigh

    Can I reuse the plaster after using it once or do I need to make a new one each time?

    • Tim

    Why not put olive oil on the skin then the plaster application.
    These worked really good for me as a kid – going to try to do one on someone soon.

    • Joan

    Mustard plasters are great, and it’s the heat that does the work, as you’d know. On top of flannelette or some other fairly thick cotton etc, I use a HEATING PAD turned as high as poss. on my frontispiece, and after 4 or so hours, turn on my face and put it on my back for similar length of time. It could be for longer, Hey, it works very well, believe me! NoT MODERN voodoo, or faith healing. Far as I learned, the high heat will kill off most viruses that invade our bodies; not all viruses in the world, of course. I guess we’re the best host, temperature-wise for most virus and bacteria that bother us. So raise the temp, and kill ’em off. Guess that’s what your mustard plaster does.

      • Caroline

      Would not use a heating pad on high with the mustard pack. Both can cause skin blisters and burns, together could really be disastrous! ♥

    • Morlene

    God Bless all of these GRANDMOTHERS. My GRANDMOTHER used mustard plaster and camphor oil when I was quite young in the 1930s. I am now 80. She put the poultice on a cotton hankie, put some CAMPHOR oil on it, put a flannel on my chest,on went the plaster cloth with a couple layers of flannel. Blankets up to the neck. So as not to get a chill. And the sweat was on. Good luck to all and a better health. Morlene

    • Ava

    Son has had mucus on lungs for many weeks now and easily fatigued. Took him to the doctor but they just said he didn’t have pneumonia and sent him home. So I’ll try this. Hope it works!

      • Carol Brentnall

      WOW! I believe that you need a better doctor not one who chooses to do nothing and let a child suffer. Being easily fatigued means he’s not getting enough oxygen which affects his learning and thinking and physical movement. The body and brain needs oxygen Good luck using this. I know it works because it was all we had when I was a kid in the 50s.

    • Sherrill

    My Dad would use mustard plasters on my sister and I in the 50’s and 60’s but always used folded newspapers. Disposable.

    • Diane Pilon

    As a child I always had this deep cough that would cause me a lot of pain. the doctors did not know if it was pneumonia or bronchitis or both. I was always coughing and nothing would come up. My mother finally used a mustard plaster on me and I stopped coughing and I felt better. Every time I would start that cough she would d put the mustard plaster on me and I would be fine the next day. I now have had the same problem for years now and I am so glad that I have finally found the Mustard Plaster that my Mother always used. I will make it for myself. I am tired of being so sick and having to take all these puffers that don’t work. Thank you so much

    • Mary Passela

    Some yrs. ago I came down w/ a very heavy cough. It sounded like a mack truck trying to go up hill. My whole chest shook from the waist up. I knew I needed to do something. My mother always made mustard plasters for us when we came down w/ a chest cough. This how she made them. She would lay a few sheets of newspaper one on top of the other on a table, then lay a tea towel on top of the paper, and make the mustard plaster this way. She would boil a pan of water, mix tog. 1-tbs. of dry mustard w/ 1-cup of flour.in a bowl. Add the boiling water slowly until it is smooth and not runny. Spread it on 1/2 of the tea towel and bring the other half over to cover the plaster. Roll it up paper and all. bring the plaster and any left over hot water in the pan w/ a wash cloth to your bed. Get in bed, unroll the plaster, discard newspaper. Its just to keep the plaster warm until you apply it to your chest. Cover your chest w/the plaster and a heavy terry cloth towel on top, and cover yourself w/ your blankets. Don’t keep the plaster on more than 20 min. to a half hr. Remove plaster and wash your chest w/ the warm water w/ the wash cloth and put the terry towel on your chest pull your p.j.’s over it and cover yourself w/ your blankets and go to sleep for the night. I repeat this in the morning and night again. When I woke up the next morning that cough was very much tamed down. That was phnumonia. I am now 90.
    These days I do it a little bit different.I lay a double sheet of kitchen paper toweling on the tea towel and apply the paster to half of the paper towel and bring the other half over it tog. w/ the tea towel That way all I have to do is slip the paper towel w/ the plaster out of the tea towel and toss it out. Everything else is nice and clean and nothing gets stained and just washed as usual.

    • Laralee

    Instead of water, whisk one egg and add flour and mustard to make soft paste. The heat from the mustard will literally cook the egg,rather than burn the skin! Still effective, but safer!!

    • Robert Grady Mauney

    My mother used a Muster Plaster on me when I was 3 years of age with double pneumonia. I stayed in bed for one week. Coughing and wheezing gone !

    • Lewis

    I remember these as a child. My mother made it and applied it and it worked great!
    I think i need one now, i have been sick for almost 2 weeks now.
    Thank you for the memory LOL.

      • Jenny Gates

      I heard that after you used the plaster and then apply a menthol gel rub, you’re supposed to wait about 1/2 day to 1 day after applying this paste and the menthol gel rub.
      Is this true? If so, why and for how long before being able to go out and about outside?
      (Is this talking about visiting with people or is this literally stepping outside of your house and breathing in fresh air?)

    • Kathryn

    I tried this recipe using water. I kept it on me for an hour and it never got hot. I learned about using mustard plasters from my Mom and I used to make it for my kids. I swore you were supposed to use vinegar. I decided to try it again using vinegar instead of the water and that did the trick. It got hot. I’m so glad I thought of making a mustard plaster. It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve made one but for me, it did the trick. This is going to be my go to remedy from now on.

    • Scott

    My Grandparents used this with me for as long as I can remember. This stuff is for real. I had an antibiotic resistant pneumonia that the doctors could not help with. This was the only thing that worked. I did one a day for like 2 weeks. Just be careful with the mixture I have never had a blister but it does make your skin red.

    • Kim

    Would anyone be able to help me with what the measurements would be for a larger area. The amount seem so small and this infection is across both lungs. So please if someone could help it would be appreciated.

    • Denisa Myrick

    I have tried to make a mustard plaster, but it never gets hot. Am I using the wrong kind of dried mustard powder?

      • Rosye t

      Just make sure it’s the powder not the seed form
      I applied hot water bottle on top just for 15-20 ,minutes
      I really felt better after the 2nd day I didn’t use this method until 2 weeks after I was sick so I got really sick so glad I remembered to use the paste

    • Jameson Hatifield

    I know someone that had polio as a child and their parents did some hot treatment, where they wrapped their legs in hot towels and plastic and changed them, but did it over and over and by the next week, the stiffness and limping in the legs was gone. It worked and still should. Last I checked, I don’t think there is any evidence that any of us has evolved in the last 50 years. Ha Ha.

    • Ros

    I believe a treatment of a hot mustard plaster and electric heating pad on top of my chest prevented me from ending up in ER for oxygen when I had Corona virus in March. Of four of us who had it I was the only one who didn’t end up in ER on oxygen. I was also the only one who used this treatment at home. I know it works!

    • Greg

    Many people have sinuses that drop low. But that does not mean that the roots of the upper teeth are “exposed”. All roots have bone and then sinus membrane to cover them. When you look at an x-ray, it may seem like the roots are higher than the floor of the sinus, but you have to remember that an x-ray is a two dimensional image of a three dimensional object. So some of the sinus floor is superimposed on the roots making it appear they are “exposed”. But they are not exposed. There are probably exceptions, but they are rare. When you extract teeth and they tear out the bone and sinus membrane attached, sometimes an opening into the sinus results. Most of the time it heals closed. New bone and membrane are generated. Rarely, a surgical procedure is necessary to close the hole.

    • Cindy Sue

    I think feeling genuinely “cared for”, as one commenter described it, can take one a long way toward feeling better. Bless your heart, TipNut.

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