While chia seeds are in full trend and have become a real lifestyle product, the much better domestic alternative is forgotten: flaxseeds! The small brown seeds of the flax are grown in Europe, mainly in France, and can be used as an alternative to chia seeds overseas. The grains contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, high-quality amino acids, vitamins, and fiber.
Their composition and strong swelling capacity make flaxseed an ideal ingredient for many dishes. But do you also know their numerous cosmetic and healing properties? You can use them both internally and externally for health, well-being, and beauty. I’ll present the best applications for flaxseed in this post.
What you should consider with flaxseeds
For the following recipes and treatments, you need whole grains and scraped flaxseeds, available in organic quality in many supermarkets, in the Reformhaus, organic shop, or online. While you can store all the flaxseeds virtually unlimited, crushed flaxseeds quickly become rancid. It is best to smudge them fresh before use or store them in the fridge for a maximum of one week.
Tip: You don’t need a special grain mill to scrap the flaxseeds. Electric coffee or universal mill is just as suitable.
Intestinal cure with flaxseed
Lack of exercise and a low-fiber diet often lead to digestive problems. Instead of relying on chemical preparations from the pharmacy, you can get your digestive system back on track with a flaxseed intestinal cure in a natural and side-effect-free way.
Vegan egg replacement and egg-snow replacement
Do you live (partially) vegan or also like to try plant alternatives to animal ingredients in your favorite recipes? Then you may have heard of vegan egg snow from chickpea water (Aquafaba). Since ice cream is complicated to organize, you will surely be amazed by the egg-snow alternative made of linseed angels!
If you want to replace whole eggs as binders, for example, in cake or waffle dough, you can also use flaxseeds. Mix a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds with three teaspoons of water, leave to stand for 15 minutes, and your egg replacement is ready.
Natural hair gel
Who needs expensive hair gel products with long ingredient lists when they have flaxseeds in their house? With water and some honey, you can make a natural styling gel from flaxseed, which is suitable for every hair type.
Hair conditioner, leave-in-conditioner
Strictly speaking, the following recipe is not a hair conditioner but a natural leave-in conditioner. You leave the applied rinse in the hair instead of washing it out after a short exposure time. The nourishing ingredients can have a particularly intense effect in this way.
A hair rinse with flaxseed is suitable for all hair types. Fine hair is strengthened and gets more volume. All you need to make is:
- 2-3 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 L water
- Put flaxseeds in a heat-resistant vessel.
- Pour over boiling water.
- Leave to stand for a few hours. Overnight if you want to wash your hair with it in the morning. If it has to go fast, you can
- Bring to the boil, alternatively, until a gel-like consistency is achieved, and then use directly.
- Drain the resulting gel through a sieve and collect it. You can also enjoy the squealed flaxseed bowls wonderfully in muesli in smoothies or flaxseed crackers.
- Spread the gel on the hair after washing the hair and do not wash it out.
Tip: Unfortunately, the lin-sam angel can only last a few days. If you want to stock up on small stock, you can increase shelf life by freezing, for example, in an ice cube shape. If necessary, remove and defrost in portions.
Due to its high oil content and anti-inflammatory mucus, flaxseeds are also excellent for creating a natural face mask for every skin type. It gently removes dirt and dead skin flakes and, at the same time, refines the skin.
The production is straightforward. All you need is:
- 1 cup scraped flaxseeds
- Boiled water
Here’s how you go:
- Mix the green flaxseeds with hot water and let it swell for 10-15 minutes.
- If necessary, add some water until a well-spread paste is formed.
- Spread on the cleansed face, leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
- Gelling and binders
Are you interested in raw, low-sugar diets? Then the suitability of flaxseeds as an alternative gelling and binder could be a useful tip for you, for example, to make a delicious and healthy jam without cooking.
Muesli and muesli bars
Traditionally, flaxseeds can be found whole or scraped in many muesli mixtures, which you can easily put together yourself. And of course, the traditional superfood must not be missing in homemade muesli bars.
Losing weight with flaxseeds
Flaxseeds can also help you reduce your weight healthily. Because of their high fiber content, they contribute to a long-lasting feeling of satiety.
To benefit from the ballast and source substances, you should use whole flaxseeds. They swell up a lot in the digestive tract and pass through your body largely undigested, so you don’t pick up any extra calories that could diminish your weight loss.
Start with a teaspoon of flaxseed and gradually increase the dose to a maximum of two tablespoons per day. You can mix them in your cereal or smoothies, for example, but you can also upgrade almost all other dishes with flaxseeds for a gentle weight loss cure.
In case of constipation
Do you occasionally suffer from digestive problems? Then a tablespoon of whole or slightly crushed flaxseed, taken two to three times a day with a glass of water, can redeem you. This is because the source substances in the linseed region stretch the intestinal wall and stimulate intestine activity. Simultaneously, the flaxseed mucus forms a natural sliding layer, which facilitates the removal of the intestinal contents.
Tip: Children from the age of six who suffer from constipation can also take flaxseeds. In this case, however, you should halve the dose.
In case of diarrhea
It sounds paradoxical, and yet it’s true! Even in the case of breakdowns, flaxseeds help to normalize digestion. The mucus agents line the irritated intestines, and fiber binds excess fluid and diarrhea-causing bacterial toxins.
In case of diarrhea, take one tablespoon of flaxseed with a large glass of water three times a day.
In the case of irritable bowel and stomach inflammation
Those who suffer from irritable bowel or acute gastric inflammation can take advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of linseed.
Here’s how it goes:
- Soak two to three tablespoons of scraped flaxseeds overnight in a sufficient amount of water.
- Bring to the boil briefly the next day.
- Separate the resulting linseed mucus from the seeds with the help of a sieve.
- Fill the mucus and drink throughout the day.
The flaxseed mucus protects itself over the inflammatory areas in the stomach and intestines and thus contributes to the healing process. However, he cannot replace the treatment with a doctor.
Envelope against inflammation
Externally applied, the flaxseed mucus also has an irritant and anti-inflammatory effect, which is why you can also use it to cure inflammatory skin areas.
Put the porridge directly on the affected skin areas and let it act for some time, or put on a compress filled with porridge.
Warming flaxseed pillow
Cherry kernels and spelled grains are widely used as heat storage in grain cushions. But did you know that you can also use flaxseeds to make a grain pillow? Due to their high-fat content, flaxseeds can easily be heated to higher temperatures and store the heat particularly long. Another advantage lies in the small grains, which fit perfectly to any body shape.
You can use a flaxseed pillow as a heat cushion or cold compress as required. To heat it, put it in the oven at 150 degrees for 10-15 minutes or put it in the microwave at about 600 watts for one minute (longer or shorter depending on the size of the pillow). If you want to use it as a cooling pad, put it in the fridge or freezer for a few hours.
Flaxseed pillows can be used to relieve many ailments, such as muscle tension, earache, abdominal pain, or menstrual discomfort.
In case of sinus inflammation
An old home remedy for sinus inflammation, which has largely been forgotten, is flaxseed compresses.
It would be best if you had the following ingredients and utensils:
- a thin cloth or tea filter
Here’s how to make them:
- Put one part of flaxseeds and two parts of water in a saucepan.
- Bring to the boil for a short time.
- Put hot porridge in a cloth or tea filter bag.
- Place as hot as possible or pleasantly on the forehead, maxillary sinus, or nose.
Once the compress has cooled down, you should replace it directly with a new compress. It is recommended to run the application for half an hour to an hour.
The moist heat of the linen compresses improves the permeability of the drain channels in the sinuses, so that mucus and pus can flow better.
Breast wrap in bronchitis
Flaxseeds as a moist-warm breast wrap relieve the coughing irritation with colds and bronchitis.
For a flaxseed breast wrap, boil 300 grams of the whole linseed with twice the amount of water until a gel-like porridge is formed. Put the hot porridge finger thick on a cloth and fold to a wrap. Place the finished wrap on the chest and enjoy the healing warmth.
Some notes to conclude: Note that you should not exceed a maximum daily dose of 20-30 grams when eating linseed and be careful to maintain a sufficient liquid intake. The simultaneous use of flaxseeds and medications can impair their effectiveness.