Flax Herbal Remedies
As a poultice, flaxseed may relieve stubborn inflammation, draw out toxins, soothe sunburn, soften boils, and speed healing. Taken internally, flaxseed decoction is a bulk laxative and demulcent, suitable for gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and coughs. The freshly-ground seed can be added to cereal, soups, or stews as a thickener. Regular use may help balance estrogen activity, reducing the risk of some cancers and heart disease and benefiting menopausal women. Flax has a taste of SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.
Flax Proper Dose
|Flax Decoction||1 cup 2-3 x daily|
|Flax Powder||1 tablespoon of the ground seed on food|
Flax Reference Information
|Latin Name||Linum usitatissimum|
|Herb Forms||Oil, capsule, bulk herb.|
|Cautions||Make sure to drink plenty of water when taking flaxseed.|
|Botanical Info||A slender branching annual plant with cup-shaped blue or white flowers. The small round, fruiting capsules contain the sharp-pointed glossy-brown seeds that are used for food and medicine.|
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