Flax seed botanical name is Linum Usitatissimum, some other common names are alsi, linseed, atasi, katan, and flax. It is mainly found in the Indian region – Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Rajasthan. The seeds and the oil of the plant are used for their medicinal health benefits, the seeds increase the volume of the urine.
It is one of the crops to be cultivated for its oil, bark fiber, and flax.
What is Flax Seed?
Flax Seed or flax is one of the most important oilseeds, it is a many-branched, bushy annual plant, with erect, slender stems growing up to 30 cm high with alternate, stalkless leaves and blue flowers in loose clusters.
Leaves – The leaves alternate, opposite, or whorled, simple, with 3 or 5 veins basally, with a small and lance-shaped.
Flowers – The flowers are borne on stems growing from the branch tips and have five petals, they are blue in color and bisexual, pentamerous.
Fruits – The fruits are rounded and ten-celled, each cell contains one seed which is oval, usually brown-colored.
This plant contains rich minerals and vitamins, per 100 grams of flax seed contains – 6.5% moisture, 20.3% protein, 37.1% fat, 2.4% minerals, 4.8% fibers, and 28.9% carbohydrates. Its minerals and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, riboflavin, and niacin. Its caloric value is 530.
Linseed contains a substantial amount which is a very valuable source of linoleic acid. The flax seed has antioxidants, anti-diabetes, and laxatives, rich in fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids properties.
What are the benefits of Linseed?
Linseed has many health benefits, it controls diabetes and blood sugar helps to improve digestion, and treats constipation problems. It is beneficial to control blood cholesterol and keep the weight in balance.
Flaxseeds contain plenty of plant-based, high-quality proteins which are rich in glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and amino acids.
Here are some health benefits of Linseed
For Chest Complaints
A loose poultice of the seeds can be applied with excellent results in chest troubles and diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis, and pleurisy.
Due to its laxative properties, it is beneficial to treat constipation and help in bowel movement.
The flax seeds are beneficial in gonorrhea, irritations of the genitourinary organs, nephritis, and cystitis.
For Respiratory Disorders
The seeds are beneficial in treating respiratory diseases besides being a useful remedy for cols, cough, sore chest, throat, and pulmonary complaints.
Flax seed oil is an herbal and effective remedy for skin diseases like eczema and herpes, and blemishes on the face.
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How to use Alsi / Flax seed?
The whole plant and seeds are extensively used in the traditional system of medicine for various ailments like diabetes, skin problems, constipation, digestion, weight management, and respiratory wellness.
Dosage and uses depend upon the health problems and conditions or as recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. The general recommended dosage is 3-6 grams of Alsi / Flax seed daily once a day.
Here are some dosages and uses of Alsi / Flax seed
- Take 1 tsp of flax seed powder and make a tea, this tea helps to counteract wheezing or asthma.
- Take 1-2 tsp of flaxseed with water, once a day after meal. Helps to treat constipation.
- Apply flax seed oil on skin problems like boils, abscesses, and carbuncles.
- Take 1tsp of roasted flax seed twice a day, helps to treat cholesterol and manage weight.
- You can also include flax seeds in your regular menu.
Side Effects of the Flax Seed
All Ayurveda herbs are plant-based, and they don’ have any side effects but they may react with some allopathy or homeopathy medicine. It is better to consult the doctor if you are on any medications or have special health issues.
Some side effects of Alsi / Flax seed are mentioned below
- Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
- Do not take Alsi / Flax seed without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
- Do not take Alsi / Flax seed without a doctor’s prescription if you are on any kind of hormonal or sexual-related medication.
- If you are on any health supplements, advise the doctor before starting Alsi / Flax seed.
- If you are on diabetes or on hypertension medication. Consult first the doctor before consuming Alsi / Flax seed.
How can I include Flax Seed in my Daily Routine?
Flax seeds are rich in fiber, minerals, and other nutritional values, they have a mild nutty flavor that can be easily fit with several dishes. In this post we have shared some easy recipes, you can add any of them in your daily diet.
Flax Seed Indian Bread
- Wheat flour – 1 cup
- Flax Seed Roasted – 1tbsp
- Salt – ¼ tsp
- Red Chili Flakes – ¼ tsp
- Garlic Powder – ½ tsp
- Fennel Seeds Ground – ½ tsp
- Take a mixing bowl and add all the items.
- Knead the dough with help of water and rest it for half an hour.
- Make delicious bread or paratha with a little amount of olive oil.
Flax Seed Tea
- Flax Seed Powder – 1 tsp
- Water – 360 ml
- Holy Basil Leaf Powder – 1 tsp
- Myrica Nagi Bark Powder – ½ tsp
- Take a pan and add water, boil it.
- Add all the items and boil them to reduce them to half.
- Strain the tea into a cup and add honey and lemon juice.
- Drink hot.
Some other uses of Flaxseed
- Sprinkle the roasted flax seed on your salad, soups, and smoothies.
- You can also make pancakes with flax seed flour.
- Use roasted falx seed in bread, cakes, and pudding.
- Use roasted flax seed in yogurt preparation or sprinkle it over raita.
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