Flaxseed decoction

The flax plant: characteristics

The flax plant has been cultivated since ancient times, particularly in Northern Africa: the Egyptians in fact obtained bandages for funeral rites, but also papyrus and robes. Thanks to recent findings, it has been possible to calculate that the use of linen dates back to more than thirty thousand years ago. Flax, whose scientific name is Linum usitatissimum, is a herbaceous plant belonging to the linaceae family. It is an annual plant consisting of a single stem that can reach more than one meter in height. The flowers are large, blue, formed by five petals and five yellow stamens. The seeds are enclosed by the fruits and have a color ranging from brown to yellow. Both an edible flour and an essential oil are obtained from flax seeds, used in beauty products.

How to prepare a decoction of flax seeds?

A decoction is the best way to preserve the beneficial properties of some plants, and then use them in the treatment of some ailments. But how do you prepare a decoction of flax seeds? There is nothing simpler than the preparation of a decoction, to make it you need only a teaspoon of flax seeds, a hundred deciliters of water, a saucepan and a strainer. First place our flax seeds on the bottom of the saucepan, and cover them with the amount of water indicated above (you can choose to make a more concentrated or diluted decoction by decreasing or increasing the amount of water). At this point the mixture must be brought to a boil and left to simmer for approximately a quarter of an hour. At the end of the process, the decoction must be filtered with a strainer and finally consumed.

Flaxseed decoction: internal use

When we have obtained our decoction, we will be able to choose how to use it according to our needs. Using flaxseed decoction for internal use simply means ingesting the preparation. In fact, flax seeds taken in this way have sedative effects on cough and inflammation of the respiratory tract. A nice decoction of flax seeds can therefore be your best ally against the ailments of the winter season, helping to calm the cold and freeing you from the discomforts of the blocked nose. But that’s not all: flax seeds are also useful for alleviating pain and discomfort in the intestinal tract, since they help fight constipation. Finally, flax seeds also help to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, increasing the good one (HDL).

Flaxseed decoction: external use

If for internal use the decoction of flax seeds is widely used, this is nothing compared to its applications for external use. Externally, in fact, the decoction is used once again against inflammation of the mucous membranes, against inflammation and irritation of the skin, burns and itching. If we want to use the decoction to fight inflammation of the mucous membranes, just sprinkle it on the chest. In the other cases mentioned, a small amount of product should be applied on the affected area, in a short time you will notice an improvement in the erythema, the burn and the itchy area. The decoction of flax seeds is also our ally in beauty care: pouring it into the bath water will in fact have an emollient action; using it instead of shampoo, our hair will appear soft and shiny.

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