The sharp-pointed, glossy-brown seeds from the Flax plant, also known as Linseed, are a natural laxative and demulcent. They are a nutritive tonic and a cleanser and can help ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The seeds may be added directly to cereals and meusli. The freshly ground seed can be used as a thickening in soups and stews. Alternatively, soak a spoonful of the seed in a glass of water for about an hour, it will form a gloop (clearly some arcane medical terminology that only my gastroenterologist is familiar with) that resembles, in reality, something between tapioca and wallpaper paste. This is the form I use, and once you get used to swallowing it, it is quick painless and effective.
I have spoken with many people who think Linseed is wonderful, I’m just surprised it took me so long to hear about the digestive benefits. I always thought Linseed Oil was used to thin paints when you were doing oil-painting.
- Intestinal obstruction
Note all the “itis’s”, itis indicates inflammation.
Golden Linseed will be available at most health-food stores.
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