General Flaxseeds Uses
Tea: 2-3 teaspoons to cupful boiling water; infuse 15 minutes. Drink without filtering, with agave for sweetening if necessary. One-third-1 cup.
Cold tea for stomach disorders: Half a teaspoon crushed Linseed to cup water soaked overnight. Drink the next morning. Heat if desired.
Tincture: 1-2 teaspoons in water.
Poultice: Crushed seeds. Half fill small muslin bag with seeds; immerse in boiling water until swollen seeds fill the bag; apply to abscesses, boils, or to relieve chest pain.
Linseed oil. An ingredient of liniments for burns and scalds.
Diet: 3 tablespoons crushed Flaxseed daily ensures an adequate supply of Omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil provides both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The oil is used to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and for dry skin. Also, increase fluid intake.
Fibre supports detoxification and elimination; flaxseed is particularly helpful as it is high in both fibre and essential fatty acids.
Infusion of Ground Flaxseed
Put 1 ounce of ground flaxseed into a saucepan. Pour over it 1 1⁄2 pints boiling distilled water. Let stand in a hot place for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Strain, and add 4 ounces of sweetener. Mix thoroughly by stirring or shaking. Keep in a cool dark place.
Dose: A wineglassful to a teacupful, according to the case under treatment, 3 or 4 times a day.
Purpose: For inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive and urinary organs, renal and vesical irritation, catarrh, dysentery, calculi and hormones.
Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Thomas Bartram.
Dr. Edward Shook’s Famous Course in Herbology (1974), George Cervilla
The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Sherry Torkos