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

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
hair.

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

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.

HAIR SETTING LOTION

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 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.

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

EGG SUBSTITUTE
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!)

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

21 comments

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10:02AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

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!

12:09PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Thank you, I'll try it out!

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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

6:26AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Interesting! Thanks for posting.

8:44AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Thank you

8:35AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

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

5:40PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

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.

1:56AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:39PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Nice thanks

9:18PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

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!

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