Linen is a plant which has been known for ages. We have been using its yarn to make cloth and linseed to slim down our bodies. But the most valuable benefit we can attain from it is the flaxseed oil pressed from its seeds, appreciated both in food industry and cosmetology. What does the linseed oil contain and how can we apply it?
The linseed oil – origins
The linseed oil is a product which is created by pressing meticulously selected seeds of flax which are brown in colour. The manufacturing takes place in a temperature up to 50 degrees Celsius which enables it to maintain all of its valuable nutrients. The linseed oil is yellow or brown and has a distinctive smell. It has a vast spectrum of application as it not only is a beneficial diet supplement but a crucial ingredient of paints and a means of weatherproofing wood.
The linseed oil – properties
Primarily, the linseed oil contains a high level of essential unsaturated fatty acids: omega 3, omega 6, omega 9 and the very prized vitamin E. Unsaturated fatty acids are substances which are pivotal for our organisms to function properly though our bodies are unable to produce them on their own. They are responsible for, among others, correct functioning of the immunity system, performance of the brain or lowering the level of LDL (bad cholesterol). Together with the beauty vitamin – vitamin E, they show a strong anti-oxidative function which means that they prevent ageing of the skin and maintain the skin’s firmness, elasticity and a healthy look.
Use of the linseed oil
The flaxseed and the flaxseed oil are products that are most often recommended to people who cope with excessive weight. They contain nutrients which support the digestive system and control the digestive processes while the consistency of the oil also mechanically helps the proper functioning of the bowel. The linseed oil is advised as a proactive measure for the circulatory system diseases since it has a beneficial impact on the level of blood cholesterol and protects the organism from a heart attack, atheromatosis and coronary disease by widening the arteries, it reduces the chances of clots and strengthens the heart rate.
Women in particular will appreciate the functioning of the linseed oil as it successfully alleviates any menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings or night sweating. It is also used in cosmetology. It includes ingredients which strongly nurture the skin, are anti-inflammatory and calming when dealing with psoriasis or eczema. The oil will prove helpful as a serum if put directly on the skin, will unstiffen, tone and moisturise. It can also be applied on the hair. Use the linseed oil as an oiling treatment and rub it into the scalp; when applied regularly, it will nourish the hair bulbs, stimulate hair growth, give the hair a healthy glow and keep it moisturised.
The linseed oil – dosage
The balanced flaxseed oil is only that oil which is cold-pressed, unrefined and fresh which means that it should be kept in proper conditions – a dark-glass bottle and in a cool space. It is pivotal to consume it cold as well. The oil that was not cleared and pressed cold must not be heated because it will lose all of its nutrients. However, it can be added to already cooked meals, dishes and cold snacks such as salads. It is assumed that an adult should consume 2-6 tablespoons of the linseed oil but this amount depends on the current needs of the organism.
The linseed oil as a weatherproofing measure
Useful in the kitchen and bathroom, the linseed oil proves handy when preservation is a must. It is a highly successful, easy to use, safe and eco-friendly repellent which protects wood and leather but also metal from corrosion. If you apply the linseed oil on wooden furniture, it will be preserved from absorbing moisture, enhance the graining of wood and naturally tinge it with a darker colour. The oil absorbs very well, dries fast and does not leave a film of grease on the surface. It is worth applying the flaxseed oil on leather goods such as shoes, belts or handbags. Just rub it in the surface of the object to add elasticity, softness and glow and to protect from cracking. The oil will be perfect for thinning paints and to preserve metal tools or fence. A greasy layer on the surface will prevent corrosion and leave the objects shiny. It is worth remembering to try out the oil on a small surface of the object before each application.
The linseed oil is a treasure trove of unsaturated fatty acids which is beneficial to have at all times at home and use regularly both internally and externally. This product is able to replace not only dietary supplements but also a lot of skin and hair care cosmetics and even chemical repellents to preserve furniture and metal objects.