Flax - Linum Usitatissimum

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This flax (Linum usitatissimum) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Flax seed - Linum usitatissimum in the Linaceae or Flax family

Parts used: Seed.

Taste/smell: Mucilaginous, oily.

Tendencies: Moistening.

Dosage: 1 tablespoon of crushed seeds per cup of cold water. Let partially dissolve, then drink, followed by a second cup of water. Externally, used as a poultice by powdering the herb and adding enough water to make a paste. Do not powder seed until time of use. The oils in the seed will become rancid faster when stored in powder form.

Use: (a) Mucilaginous agent, (b) Bulking agent, (c) Lubricating agent, (d) Anti-inflammatory.

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 useful as a poultice to remove splinters and is a source of phytoestrogenic lignans.

Flax is high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Contraindications: Flax should always be taken with adequate liquid. Oral drugs or herbs taken at the same time as flax may have delayed absorption due to its mucilage content. Flax is contraindicated in bowel obstruction.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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