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-
HAIR SETTING LOTION
Flax seed gel can be used successfully to help set hair.
¾ 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 SKIN LOTION
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 isn’t a body care formula, it is a great one to have, so I thought I’d pass it on with the rest of these flax recipes!)
By Annie B. Bond