With it's slender stems and beautiful, upturned flowers, Flax gives the Cottage garden it's true character.
As a self seeding annual it is almost maintenance free and once planted will delight for years each Spring and Summer.
To harvest the linseeds as a food is reasonably convenient and it cleans well due to their smooth nature. It must be fully mature though, as the immature seed can be toxic.
We consume the seeds on cereal or baked in bread and biscuits for it's 'absorbing' ability as well as helping to remove any heavy metals from the body.
As a 'seed crop', it mixes well with 'Chia', 'Plantain' and 'Sunflower' and as a garden plant it mixes well with all of the occupants of the garden.
100 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....4/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal
Published May 12, 1984
Name of Drug
Lini semen, flaxseed.
Composition of Drug
Flaxseed consists of the dried, ripe seed of the collective variations of Linum usitatissimum L. [Fam. Linaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage. The various cultivars of L. usitatissimum (L.) Vav. et Ell. are equally acceptable for the indications listed in this monograph. The seeds contain: fiber (hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin), fatty oil with 52 - 76 percent linolenic acid esters, albumin, linustatin, and linamarin.
Chronic constipation, for colons damaged by abuse of laxatives, irritable colon, diverticulitis, as mucilage for gastritis and enteritis.
As cataplasm for local inflammation.
Ileus of any origin.
If directions are observed, i.e., especially if the concomitant administration of sufficient amounts of liquid (1:10) is observed, there are no known side effects.
Interactions with Other Drugs
As with any other mucilage, the absorption of other drugs may be negatively affected.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
1 tablespoon of whole or "bruised" seed (not ground) with 150 ml of liquid 2 - 3 times daily.
2 - 3 tablespoons of milled flaxseed for the preparation of flaxseed mucilage (gruel).
30 - 50 g flaxseed flour for a moist-heat cataplasm or compress.
Mode of Administration
As seed, as cracked or coarsely ground seed, in which only the cuticle and mucilage epidermis are damaged; as flaxseed mucilage (gruel) and other galenical preparations.
As flaxseed flour or flaxseed expellent.
Laxative effects due to increase in volume and consequent initiation of intestinal peristalsis due to stretching reflexes. Protective effect on the mucosa because of coating action.