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The flax (Linum usitatissimum) is also known as linseed. It is an herb with a tall, leafy stem and pale blue flowers. Its tear-shaped, brown or yellowish seeds produce linseed mucilage. It is cultivated in most temperate zones for both fibre and seed.
There are many different varieties of flax and most, including the common flax, are cultivated for their seeds. The plant has probably been cultivated from since 5000BC, though its origins are hard to trace due to its widespread popularity and uses.
Linseed mucilage has been widely used in traditional herbal and modern medicine. Folk remedies include: using the mucilage as cough medicine, and the preparation of poultices from it for the treatment of wounds and rheumatic pain.
The outer coating of linseeds swells, producing a gel when exposed to water. They are rich in protein, oil, vitamins and minerals. The seeds are nutritious and aid digestive health. Inside the intestines, the seed coating swells and acts as a laxative.
Linseed consumption is said to treat acne and troubled skin.
Linseed mucilage creates a gel-like texture in our Marilyn hair moisturiser. It also benefits the hair by adding the seeds’ vitamin and mineral content to the hair.
We also added the mucilage to our Ambrosia and Prince Triple Blossom shaving creams. The mucilage helps to protect the skin during shaving and creates a wonderful texture to the product.