Alsi, Flaxseed (linseed)- Properties & Medicinal Usage

 

All over India, linseed is grown along with rabi crop It is also grown in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 6000ft. The Linseed colour and size very from place to place. White, Yellowish – red and slightly brown are the various colors of linseed. The variety that is grown in warmer areas is said to be of the best quality. Linseed is used for extracting oil from the seeds and fiber from the branches. This annual plant is 2-4 inch tall, straight, and soft. The leaves are striped and spear – like in shape with a pointed tip; the part containing the fruits has three compartments. The flowers are pretty sky blue.

PROPERTIES

The seeds is mildly fragrant, smooth, warm and pungent. It enhances physical strength and potency. Taken in small quantities it increases urine flow and removes sluggishness. Taken in large quantities it is purgative and cures many diseases but affects eyesight.

MEDICINAL USAGE

Headache:

Grind the Linseed seeds in cold water and apply the paste on forehead. It relieves one of oedema related pain, headache and any wounds in the head.

Sleeplessness:

Take fresh linseed oil and in equal quantities. Mix the two oil in a copper vessel using a copper rod apply a mixture in both the eye.

Conjunctivitis:

Put a few drops of mucilage of linseed oil in the eye. It is beneficial in conjunctivitis and redness of eye.

Ear Pain:

Cook linseed with onion juice and put a few drops of it in the ear .it also cures any kind of swelling in the ear.

Breathlessness:

  1. Take 4gm Linseed powder and boil it in water. Mix 15gm sugar candy and give the patient. During winters, instead of sugar mix honey. Give this solution to the patient every morning. It helps cure breathing problems.
  2.  Take 2gm Linseed and grind them coarse. Soak the ground mixture in 200gm boiled water and cover it for an hour, After an hour, strain the solution, add sugar and give it to patient.
  3. Roast the Linseed seeds and give with honey. It helps cure cough.

Urinary Problems:

  1. Take 40gm Linseed and 2gm liquorice. Grind them coarse. Mix the two with 300gm water in an earthen pot and cook it on low heat. When 50gm of water is left, strain the solution and mix 2gm kalami sabora in it.
  2. Drop 4-6 drops of linseed oil in the opining of anus, it is beneficial in curing gonorrhea.
  3. Take 18gm linseed and 6gm liquorice. Crush the two and prepare decoction with 200gm water. Take 20gm of this decoction and mix 5gm sugar candy in it. Give this mixture to the patient at an interval of 2hour, this immediately  cures the burning sensation and purifies urine.

Joints Pain:

Grind linseed with Isabgol and form a paste. Apply this paste. It cures pain in the joints.

Beckache:

Heat Linseed oil and mix with dry ginger powder. Massage with this oil. It brings immediate relief in waist pain.

Arthritis:

Apply Linseed oil poultice on the swollen area to bring relief.

Boil, Pimple, Abscess:

  1. Grind Linseed with water and mix with barley Sattu and sour curd. Apply this paste on the boil.  It quickens the healing process.
  2. In case of boils where the patient complains of burning sensation and pain, take roasted linseed and sesame. Boil them in cow’s milk and let the milk cool. Grind the seeds in the same milk to the same milk to from a paste. Apply this paste on boils. It gives immediate relief.

Burns:

Take equal quantities of pure Linseed oil and water distilled with lime. Mix the two. It changes into white coloured paste. It is commonly known as carron oil. Apply this on the burn area. It immediately relieves the pain. Apply this 1-2 times a day, for a few days to see the results.

Linseed (Alasi, Flex Seed) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Linseed, Alasi, Flex Seed

INTRODUCTION

All over India Linseed (Alasi, Flex Seed) is grown along with Rabi crop. It is also grown in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 6000 ft. The linseed color and size vary from place to place. White, yellowish- red and slightly brown are the various colours of linseed. The variety that is grown in warmer areas is said to be of the best quality. Linseed is used for extracting oil from the seeds and fiber from the branches.

APPEARANCE

This annual plant is 3-5 inch tall, straight, and soft. The leaves are striped and spear- like in shape with a pointed tip, the part containing the fruits has three compartments. The flowers are pretty sky blue. The fruits are nipple shaped with five chambers. Each chamber has two shining flat dark brown seeds.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The seeds contain a stable oil which constitutes mainly glycerides and fatty acids of linolic, and linolenic acids. Seeds also contain a poisonous glucoside, which is why when animals consume linseed, they die. In addition, the seeds also include proteins, mucilages, and wax like chemicals, a sticky substance, phosphates and sugars. Its ash contains sodium, potassium.

PROPERTIES

The seed is mildly fragrant, smooth, warm, and pungent. It enhances physical strength and potency. Taken in small quantities it increases urine flow and removes sluggishness. Taken in large quantities it is purgative and cures many diseases but affects eyesight.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

HEADACHE:

Grind the linseed seeds in cold water and apply the paste on forehead. It relieves one of oedema related pain, headache and any wounds in the head.

SLEEPLESSNESS:-

Take fresh linseed oil and castor oil in equal quantities. Mix the two oils in a copper vessel.Using a copper rod apply the mixture in both the eyes.

CONJUNCTIVITIS:-

Put a few drops of mucilage of linseed oil in the eye. It is beneficial in conjunctivitis or redness of eyes.

EAR PAIN:-

Cook linseed with onion juice and put a few drops of it in the ear.It also cures any kind of swelling in the ear.

BREATHLESSNESS, ASTHMA:-

  1. Soak 5 gm linseed in 60 gm water for 14 hrs and them give this water to the patient to drink soak the seeds in the morning and drink in the evening. Similarly, soak in the evening to drink in the morning. This treatment enhances physical energy when given to the patient. Be careful about following the recommended diet and anything to be avoided.
  2. Take 5 gm linseed powder and boil it in water. Mix 30 gm sugar candy and give the patient. During winters, instead of sugar mix honey. Give this solution to the patient every morning and evening. It helps cure breathing problem.
  3. Take 4 gm linseed and grind them coarse. Soak the ground mixture in 280 gm boiled water and cover it for an hour. After an hour, strain the solution, add sugar and give it to the patient. It helps in softening dry cough and relies the patient. It also purifies urine.
  4. Grind 28 gm linseed and then soak the powder in cold water overnight. Next day morning, strain the solution, heat it till lukewarm, add lemon juice to it and give to the patient. It is beneficial for patients of tuberculosis.
  5. Clean the linseed seeds and then roast on a hot plate at low heat. When it starts smelling of the roasted linseed, add equal amount of sugar to it. In case of cold, give 7 gm of this mixture with hot water, twice a day. It gives great relief and also eradicates any breathing problems.

VATA-KAPHA DISORDERS:-

Take 60 gm of roasted linseed seed powder, 60 gm sugar and 14 gm chili powder. Mix them with honey and prepare tablets of 5-8 gm each. These tablets must be taken min the morning (4 gm tablet for children and 7gm tablet for adults). It cures all kapha related disorders. Do not drink water till 6 hour after taking the tablets.

URINARY PROBLEM:-

  1. Take 50 gm linseed and 6 gm. liquorice. Grind them coarse. Mix the two with 370 gm water in an earthen pot and cook it on low heat. When 60 gm of water is left, strain the solution and mix 4 gm kalami shored in it. Give 30 gm. of this solution to the patient at an interval of 3 hours. This helps in curing urinary disor- der. This mixture can be prepared in large quantities and can be used for 12- 16 days.
  2. Take equal quantities of linseed and mulethi and grind them. Take 50- 60 gm of grinded powder in an earthen pot and add 2 kg boiled water to it. Cover the pot for an hour and then strain the watern and add 25- 35 gm kalami shora in it. Store the mixture in a bottle. Give 26 -20ml of this mixture to the patient at an interval of 4 hours. Within 24 hours, the treatment brings relief from various urinary disorders like burning sensation, inconsistent urine flow, blood in urine, formation of pus.