Sinapis alba

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Sinapis alba L.

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

  • White Mustard
  • khardal abiadh خردل أبيض
  • khardal barri خردل بري
  • lafiteh لفيتة
  • khardal lavan
  • חַרְדָּל לָבָן


  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Sinapis alba L.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used

High blood pressure (Hypertension)


Cook aerial parts & eat.

Aerial parts B

Food poisoning


Add ground seeds to water & drink as needed.

Seed B

Gastric pain


Cook seeds in water & drink.

Seed Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Back pain

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Grind seeds, wet with water & bandage on affected area.

Seed Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Facial muscle cramps

Anti-spasmodic, Muscle relaxant

Grind seeds, add to "khamira" (sour dough or starch made from wheat) & apply to face for 15-30 min.

Seed Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain in muscles/ joints

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

1. Prepare poultice of seeds on cloth + dough & apply to painful area for 5 min or more.
2. Sprinkle powdered seeds in hot bath & sit for 20 min.

Seed Z



1. Decoct crushed seeds in water & drink x3 cups/day.
2. Eat ground seeds.

Seed Z

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Sinapis alba ingestion in large amounts can cause irritant poisoning. Contraindicated in children below 6 yrs & patients with renal disease, gastric tract ulcers & mustard allergy. Externally seeds can irritate & burn skin so poultice use is limited to 10-15 min in adults (less in sensitive individuals) & 5-10 min children. Prolonged use causes skin & nerve damage. Plant is possibly poisonous once seedpods are formed. Oral use is linked to hyperthroidism, goitre & seed retention in intestine.