Flax is an annual, herbaceous plant that can reach a height of up to 1 meter. It has a thin stalk with narrow leaves, and flax flaunts with its soft-soft blue flowers from July to August, which then give fruit — a spherical box.
The process of growing flax began 5000 years ago in Egypt and Central Asia.
As you know, years are used not only for the manufacture of natural light fabric, but also in folk medicine.
The healing properties of flax are explained by its chemical composition. Flax seed contains mucus, linamarin glycoside, carbohydrates, fatty oils, which include glycerides of linoleic, oleic, linolenic, stearic and palmitic acids.
Useful properties of flax
Properties of flax seeds:
- mild laxative;
- enveloping agent;
After ingestion, they swell in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate intestinal motility.
Mucus is prepared from flax seeds by insisting on water, which is used for inflammatory and ulcerative diseases of the stomach and intestines. Fatty oils also help food move faster.
This makes it possible to use flax as a mild laxative for constipation and to achieve punctual bowel movements. This is explained by the fact that, swelling and not being digested for a long time, the mucus from flax seeds mechanically stretches the intestines, increases its contraction, and accelerates the movement of the food mass. The secretory and motor function of the gastrointestinal tract is enhanced by the alkaloid linamarin contained in the seed coat.
Mucus from the seeds can also be used for diseases of the urinary system and the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract.
Poultices are made from freshly ground flax seeds to speed up the maturation of boils. To do this, grind the seeds, place in a gauze bag and immerse in boiled water (not boiling) for 10 minutes. Then apply the bag to the boil for 20 minutes. Poultices do 2–3 times a day.
An infusion of dried flax herb has a diuretic effect. Pour one tablespoon of dry chopped grass with a glass of boiling water and leave for 30 minutes, and then strain. 1 st. spoon to take 3–4 times a day as a diuretic in diseases of the kidneys and bladder. The course of treatment is up to 3 weeks.
For medicinal purposes, linseed oil is also widely used as a laxative and diuretic for cholelithiasis and cholecystitis (1–2 tablespoons each). With constipation, it should be used on an empty stomach, with cholecystitis — during meals.
It is used in dietary nutrition in patients with impaired fat metabolism, with atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, brain, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, with cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, fatty hepatosis (fatty liver).
Flaxseed oil contains a minimum amount of cholesterol and a large amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Mucus prepared from flax seed is very useful for the digestive tract.
Flax slime recipe
- Take a 200 ml glass jar with a lid.
- Place 1 teaspoon of flax seeds (with a slide) into it and pour 100 ml of boiling water.
- Close the jar with a lid and shake for 15 minutes.
- Strain the resulting mucus through cheesecloth and squeeze.
- Take 1/4 cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals while warm.
Mucus should be prepared immediately before taking. The course of treatment is 2–3 weeks. Apply mucus and externally — in the form of enemas for inflammation of the colon, hemorrhoids. To do this, one enema should use 50 ml of mucus, the temperature of which is 35–38 ° C.
How else can you use flax seeds?
In addition to decoction or mucus from flax seeds, they can be consumed dry, adding to kefir for breakfast. Many doctors recommend drinking kefir with flax seeds in the autumn-winter period, because this will help to resist various viruses.
Many now introduce flax seeds into their diet precisely in order to lose weight. It is most effective to consume flax seeds in the morning, adding to breakfast. If your goal is a comprehensive cleansing of the body, then you need to drink a decoction of flax seeds on an empty stomach for several days in a row.
Harm of flax
Flax is not only an endless benefit and a component of the elixir of immortality. Like any substance with medicinal properties, flax has both side effects and contraindications. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with them before use:
- Flax seeds do not need to be eaten in large quantities, that is, more than one tablespoon per day, since they contain a large amount of linseed oil, discomfort in the liver area is possible.
- Some people may experience bloating or flatulence when eating flaxseed, in which case start consuming flaxseed with one teaspoon and slowly increase the dosage.
- In the presence of stones in the bladder, in the gallbladder, with pancreatitis, cholecystitis, you need to use flax seeds with great care, since flax seeds have a strong choleretic effect.
- It is not recommended to use flax seeds during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- When using flax seeds, allergic reactions are possible.
- If you consume flax seeds long enough, it can lead to diarrhea and pain symptoms.
- It is strictly forbidden to take flax seeds with intestinal obstruction.
- You can not use flax seeds in acute and chronic cholecystitis, especially in the acute stage.
Attention! Do not use flax preparations for a long time or exceed the dosage (especially herbal infusion), as this can lead to poisoning.
What is the difference between white (golden) linen and brown linen?
What color is better to buy flax seeds?
White (golden, yellow) flax is a specially cultivated plant.
The fact is that the nutritional value of white flax is much higher than brown, but growing this crop is much more difficult. Golden and brown flax differ in taste. Many prefer white linen.
However, both linens are the best way to maintain health and beauty!
White flax seeds are easier to use in cooking. If the kids don’t like eating brown flaxseeds, you can use golden flaxseeds as they can be easily added to bread, muffins, muesli, breakfast cereals and oatmeal. The golden color will not be observed in the products.
Brown flax seeds are more affordable as they are sold in any grocery store. It can be a meal from flax seeds, as well as a whole look.
Linseed oil is widely used in folk methods of treatment. Flax oil contains unsaturated fatty acids: omega‑3 — 60%, omega‑6 — 20%, omega‑9 — 10%.
- vascular disease
- thrombus formation.
If you undergo treatment with linseed oil, it will contribute to the prevention of:
- cardiovascular disease
- hypertensive crises,
- the development of heart attacks, as blood viscosity and cholesterol levels decrease, and the workload on the heart is reduced.
- Ease the menopause
- improves the condition of hair and skin when taken orally,
- has anti-inflammatory, enveloping, diuretic, laxative effect.
Applied inside in the morning before meals 1.5 tablespoons course from 21 days to 4 weeks. It must be remembered that flaxseed oil does not need to be heated when eating.
In addition, there are many recipes for flax hair masks, both from oil and from the seeds themselves. For example, for the face, use heated oil in the form of a compress for 15 minutes — this is great for dry and chapped skin. If you have oily skin, then use a cosmetic clay mask with linseed oil, also keep it for no more than 15 minutes.
You can also apply pure flaxseed oil all over your hair, it will nourish damaged and falling hair. Linseed oil will nourish, regenerate, strengthen hair, eliminate dryness.
As we can sum up, the properties of the flax plant are amazing! Linen is perfect for a healthy diet, prevention and treatment of diseases, as well as for cosmetic care.
The opinion of the editors may not coincide with the opinion of the author of the article.