Internally flax seed is used in chronic constipation. It is indicated for the treatment of many chronic diseases, including arthritis, psoriasis and prevention of arteriosclerosis. It is used for cancer prevention, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders where inflammation occurs. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
It can be added to most any food, in the form of oil or seed, including baked goods, yogurt, smoothies/juices, and salads. Flax is a lovely demulcent. Taken as a tea it soothes irritated mucous membranes. Drink when you have a sore throat, IBS, lungs irritated from coughing, or kidneys and bladder irritated from passing stones. Flax tea is very moistening and very welcome in the winter when you are feeling cold & dry. It has a mild nutty flavor & tastes good with spicy, warming herbs like cinnamon.
Externally flax has the same soothing, moistening properties. It can be made into an all natural hair gel that doesn't dry out and damage your hair the way commercial hair gel does. Plus, it is super easy and cheap to make.
Flax Hair Gel
1 tbs. flax seeds
1 cup water
aloe vera gel (optional)
essential oil (optional)
Small glass bottle with lid
Simmer flax seeds in water until the liquid is reduced by half.
Add a about a quarter as much aloe vera gel (for extra moisturizing) as you have flax gel.
Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (I like lavender) to help preserve the gel & smell nice.
Stir together & then bottle.
Because this is a natural product it will not last as long as commercial hair gels, which is why I make it in small batches & keep it refrigerated. I have had flax hair gel in the fridge for 6 months (then I had to make more) and it was still good. I use right after the shower and rub through my hair while it is still damp. Enjoy!