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Flax – Linum Usitatissimum

Herbs, such as flax, with rare vitamins and fatty acids for the healthy functioning of the body, are offered for many therapeutic uses.

Both its essential oil and the decoction of flax seeds, strengthens the immune, nervous and hormonal systems of our body. The antioxidants contained in flax protect against cell degeneration, prevent the formation of cancer cells, while flax protects against multiple sclerosis, lowers cholesterol and helps prevent atherosclerosis.

The herb acts as a sedative and emollient in the body, mainly in the digestive system. Relieves and contributes in cases of spastic colitis, as well as in the most complicated and painful case of ulcerative colitis. It can be used to treat inflammation and intestinal diseases, while it is a mild laxative relieving constipation. Flax extract also helps treat hemorrhoids. It is also a very beneficial herb for treating diseases of the urinary tract (kidneys, bladder), liver as well as stomach upsets and ailments.

Flax is also suitable for the treatment of inflammation of the oral cavity, such as the larynx, pharynx and generally the throat, gingivitis and tongue inflammation. It is a natural expectorant, and along with its emollient properties, flaxseed is useful for both productive and dry cough.

In external use, flaxseed also finds many applications. It can be used as either a poultice or its extract, and relieves joint pain and rheumatism, eczema and shingles. Its emollient and anti-inflammatory action is also applied in cases of acne, wounds and skin ulcers, while helping to quickly relieve bruises. It is important to note that it belongs to the few herbs that relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and help treat it.

Flaxseed should not be used green, only after drying. Flax is not allowed to be taken by children and infants, while adults should not overuse it and exceed the amount recommended by their doctor and always if permitted.

Read more about the cosmetic uses of flax and the nutritional value of flax!

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