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). This will also help ease stomach pains from indigestion or lactose intolerance.

Golden Linseed

The seeds may be added directly to cereals and muesli. 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.

The seeds 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.

Suggested Reading

Painting With Oils

The Encyclopedia of Oil Techniques

Irritable Bowel Solutions: The essential guide to IBS

Common Uses
  • abscess
  • colitis
  • diverticulitis
  • gastritis
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • nephritis
  • osteoporosis
  • pruritis

Note all the “itis’s”, itis indicates inflammation.

Golden Linseed will be available at most health-food stores.

I have, recently, been, purchasing Milled Linsed from our local discounter store.

I cannot finish this post without referring you back to my other IBS related post:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and MS a wonderful combination

Hopefully, you manages to visit my last link. But, if you are still reading this you must be hoping for more about Golden Linseed.

Golden Linseed laxative demulcant

I have no further information about golden linseed at this time. But, I did come across the Holland and Barrett website entry for their product. This may be of interest to you, as I’m sure it was from Holland and Barrett that I purchased my last supplies.

Holland and Barrett Natural Laxative

Now, the above link is NOT an affiliate link, I include it only because it may prove useful to you.


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