Botanical Name: Linum usitatissimum
- English: Linseed
- Ayurvedic: Atasi, Umaa, Masrnaa,Nilapushpi, Kshumaa
- Unani: Kattan
- Also, known as: Alshi, Arasi, Alsi, Agasebeeja, Semeagare, Agasi, Katan, Avisa, Ali, Virai, Atushi, Uma, Ksuma, Tisi, Tusi, Masina, Agastha, Agasi, Cheru charm, Atshi, Sirrali, Flachs, Lin, Lino usuale, Hu-ma-esze, Tesimosina, Bazen
Habitat: Uncertain (It has been cultivated from before recorded history).
Parts Used: Seed
It has been cultivated in all temperate and tropical regions for so many centuries that its geographical origin cannot be identified. Linum usitatissimum is an erect annual herb, growing to 2 feet by 1 feet. Seed small, brown, glossy with the minutely pitted surface, about 4-6 mm long and 2-2.5 mm in maximum width, flattened, rounded at one end, and obliquely pointed at the other. The flowers have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. Flax blossoms have five petals and are usually blue, but can also be bright red. After the flowers have died, flax bears a fruit that is round dry capsule less than a centimeter in diameter. Each capsule contains several seeds that resemble small apple seeds.
Flax seeds are one of the world’s renowned superfoods. These seeds are very nutritious and helping in several health conditions. They are very rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seeds also contain a good amount of dietary fiber and Limnanthes seeds, which are high in fiber and mucilage, absorb large amounts of fluid and draw out toxins when ingested and act as a gentle bulking laxative. The seeds are used whole or crushed. Linseed varies much in size and tint – a yellowish variety occurring in India. Holland, Russia, the United States, Canada, the Argentine, and India furnish the principal supplies.
Flaxseed oil is extracted by pressing the seeds. Only cold-pressed oil is used as food and herbal medicine. Flaxseed oil is well-known for its high content of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are only accessible if the seeds are split prior to ingestion.
Throughout history, flax has been used to maintain the health of animals. Farmers have reported that pregnant cows fed flaxseed gave birth to healthier calves. When flaxseeds are added to the diets of pets, their fur coat improves.
Flax is grown for its oil, used as a nutritional supplement, and as an ingredient in many wood-finishing products. Flax is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. Flax fibers are used to make linen. The Latin species name usitatissimum means "most useful".
How to use:
As a food supplement.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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