Mustard seeds are small round seeds obtained from the mustard plant. These can be of different colors ranging from white, yellow, black and brown. It is a very popular regional spice, and used in different regions across the country. There is also an interesting story where in Gautam Buddha was involved in the discovery of mustard seeds. Mustard seeds also find mention in the Holy Quran. The French also use it as a spice in many of their dishes. Also known as sarson in India, it is usually roasted until it pops. Oil from these seeds is very good for skin, in fact, in winters, oil from mustard is used to keep the body warm and moist. Mustard seeds are rich in a mineral called selenium, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Mustard seeds are also known to be helpful to the patients of ashtama and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also known to lower the blood pressure. Mustard seeds improve digestion and increase appetite. They help in relieving pain in women during menopause. It is also a good cure for migraine. Other essential components available in mustard seeds are calcium, manganese and Omega 3 fatty acids.