Flax Seeds for Setting Hair, Body Scrubs, and Dry Skin

Flax seeds are very rich in Omega-3 oils, those essential fatty acids
that are so important for our health, and the health of our skin and

If your skin feels like sandpaper, or is excessively dry, you
might try some flax seed oil. It is readily available at health food

Flax seeds have interesting chemical attributes, also, which makes them
great for everything from egg substitutes, to body scrubs, to a perfect
and perfectly pure hair setting lotion! Here are some easy, do-it-
yourself formulas.


Flax seed gel can be used successfully to help set hair.

cup water
1 tablespoon flax seed

Combine the water and flax seeds in a small pan, and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mixture is gelatinous (about 10 to 15 minutes). Strain out as many seeds as you can. Dip a comb into the gel, and comb through the hair before setting with curlers or pins.

Flax seeds make for a very softening gel for the skin.

1 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoons aloe vera gel (optional)

Combine water and flax seeds in a small pan, bring to a boil, and simmer until the mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and strain out as many seeds as you can. Add the glycerin, and blend with a hand mixer. Refrigerate, and discard after a week.

Variation: Make a simple gel by just boiling together the flax seeds and water, and skipping the other ingredients.

Make the flax seed lotion, but eliminate the glycerin, and add a drop or two of pure essential oil fragrance, if desired.

For an egg substitute, use the same recipe as hair setting lotion. The recipe is the equivalent of one egg. (Although this isnt a body care formula, it is a great one to have, so I thought Id pass it on with the rest of these flax recipes!)

By Annie B. Bond

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Tara W.
Tara W.about a year ago

Wow, this was written in 2001 and I just learned about it now? Tried the hair gel and its awesome! Annie Bond, you're way ahead of the times! Thanks!

Monika Ka
Monika K.1 years ago

Thank you, I'll try it out!

Dale Overall

Delightful, certainly sounds good for the skin as well as eating!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Interesting! Thanks for posting.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Charlene S.
Charla D.3 years ago

Wow! I had no idea flax seeds could be so versatile!

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec4 years ago

I have used flaxseeds for my smoothies and as egg substitute. Now I will try your skin lotion and hair setting lotion. thanks for the formulas.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Leslie Colon
Leslie Colon4 years ago

Nice thanks

Abbey C.
Abbey C.5 years ago

def gonna give it a try. i hear lots of good things about flaxseed oil. now if only i could remember to take the vitamin on a daily basis!