Where to store your fresh cold-pressed linseed oil

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Refrigeration not essential for linseed (flax seed) oil

Flax Farm fresh cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil for omega-3
Flax Farm fresh cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil for omega-3

We are often asked about how linseed oil should be stored. While keeping your oil in the fridge or freezer is the best place to store it, there is a bit of mythology about this and you really don’t need to worry if it is left or even kept out of the fridge – keeping it dark is more important.

Oil is different to milk

We are all used to foods like fish and milk which often will go noticeable bad if allowed to warm up for even a short period.  This is because the spoilage of milk, fish and meat is caused by microbes which reproduce exponentially as they warm up so even when you cool the item back down the gazillions of microbes are still in there working away and making it go bad.   Oil is very different and it isn’t affected by microbes but oxidizes naturally, like almost every other substance, some oxidize a bit faster than others.

Simple chemistry of oils

A lot of vegetable oils are made of 18 carbon chain fatty acids. These are a series of oils which while they share many physical characteristics and appear superficially similar behave differently as regards stability.  Saturated fats like cocoa butter and beef dripping are saturated and very stable; monounsaturated fats as found in olive oil are still relatively stable; the polyunsaturated LA, alpha linoleic fatty acid, found in sunflower, corn, rapeseed and other vegetable oils has two double bonds and is less stable; Linseed (flaxseed oil) which  is ALA, alpha linolenic acid, is one step more unsaturated and more unstable (but that’s part of its characteristic that makes it so valuable for our bodies).

Cooler is better but so is convenience

As you can see this is a simple linear series of increasing unsaturation and reduced stability.  The later is reflected in its shelf-life.  When we produce cold-pressed linseed oil we are producing an oil for health so are more concerned about making sure you get the healthiest product.  Just as we don’t refrigerate chocolate or beef dripping, olive oil or even vegetable oils refrigeration is not essential for linseed oil.  However refrigeration is the best place to store your oil. The cooler something is the slower chemical reactions like oxidation happen. In the grand scheme of things the difference between the fridge and ambient, (your kitchen cupboard) is only about 15 degrees centigrade and as temperature goes all the way down to -273oC those 15 degrees is not enormously significant, it’s just better and at the end of the recommended use by period it will be fractionally fresher though we have never been able to detect a difference.   It’s because cooler is a bit better that  coffee roasters recommend you store your fresh coffee in the fridge or freezer; do you though? Most people actually keep their coffee where it’s convenient for use and similarly with their linseed oil.  Even so we will still recommend that you keep your oil in the fridge and unused bottles are best stored in the freezer until needed.

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Linseed poultice

Field of ripe linseed and seedheads

A traditional remedy

As long ago as the seventeenth century, herbal and linseed formentations and cataplasms (poultices) were recommended by the great English herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper for the treatment of abscesses, tumours and inflammation.

The Royal Army Medical Corps is nicknamed the Linseed Lancers
The Royal Army Medical Corps is nicknamed the Linseed Lancers

The Linseed Lancers

In the first world war the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) became known as the Linseed Lancers because linseed poultices.were often the only treatment they had to offer their patients during the Boer war and WW1 1914-1918.

CBD: Cannabidiol in linseed

In recent studies cannabidiol has been found in linseed fibre, It is an active ingredient with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which must have seriously contributed to the efficacy of linseed poultices.

To make a linseed poultice

For inflammation such as bruises, strains, cysts, bursitis, boils, ulcers, and skin conditions.

To 1 cup ground linseed (or coarse ground linseed flour) add 1 cup hot water from a kettle. Mix to make a past and allow to stand somewhere warm for ten minutes.

Spread the paste onto the middle of a suitably sized linen (or cotton) cloth, cover with linen, muslin or similar fine fabric.

Wipe the affected area with cold-pressed linseed oil to make it easy to clean.

Then apply warm poultice to affected area, with muslin next to the skin, bandage with piece of folded towelling and hold in place with tape, safety pins and/or bandage. It should be firm but not tight.

Suitable for adults, children and animals

A gentle, chemical-free treatment that can be used for the whole family and pets too.

 

 

 

Recommendation for using linseed for anxiety

The oceans' wildlife is conserved by use of sustainable linseed omega-3

“Flax Oil Cures Anxiety” from the EarthClinic website.

In a cutting from an unidentified newspaper passed to me by a Flax enthusiast: Sharon from the US reports that having increased her daily dose of linseed(flaxseed) oil that contained ground linseed particles (High Lignan Cold-pressed Flax [Linseed] Oil) her anxiety and adrenaline levels reduced Continue reading

Linseed: flax and its other names

Field of ripe linseed and seedheads

Linum usitatissimum

Linseed, traditional bronze linseeds
Linseed, traditional bronze linseeds

Linseed was one of the first plants cultivated by man probably around 10,000 years ago and has been widely grown throughout the temperate zones. Consequently if has developed a lot of different names.

Its scientific name is Linum usitatissimum, meaning “the most useful linum” referring to its uses from food, medicine, beauty products, Continue reading

Remove foreign substance from the eye

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Linseeds used for cough remedy
Linseeds used for cough remedy

How to get something out of your eye

Using linseed to get grit and other particles out of the eye

This is brilliant. Within days of reading about it I found myself with a bit of grit in my eye. I followed the instructions below and it worked a treat. Quite amazing and so easy! Continue reading

Liquorice and linseed cough medicine recipes

liquorice and linseed ingredients for traditional cough medicine remedy
Nicholas Culpeper, 17th century herbalist
Nicholas Culpeper, 17th century herbalist

Traditional liquorice and linseed  cough medicine

Linseed as a natural remedy for coughs goes way back in time. It was already a standard remedy when Nicolas Culpeper wrote his herbal in 1653 and is still a component of commercially produced cough medicines. We still get testimonials from people using linseed to cure their coughs. Continue reading

Gold or bronze, yellow or brown?

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Q: What is the difference between gold and bronze linseed (flax)?

bronze and gold linseed
Bronze and gold linseed are both better for you finely ground

A:The original  variety of linseed (and it was called linseed before it was called flax)  was a brown-bronze coloured seed. Since then many other varies have been developed including gold and most shades in between. There is a lot of mythology surrounding the colour of linseed brought about by misinformation we are going to clear up the myths surrounding linseed (flax). The colour of linseed is nothing to do with them being de-hulled or toasted as some people think; it’s just the way they grow.   Just like you can get green apples and  red apples they are good for you.

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“Phytoestrogens in Flaxseed may HALT Breast Cancer & other forms”

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“Phytoestrogens in Flaxseed may HALT Breast Cancer & other forms”

Today the Daily Alternative sent out an interesting article explaining about breast cancer and the benefits of plant oestrogens Continue reading

Raw Sprouted Buckwheat and Linseed Porridge with Fruit

Healthy buckwheat and linseed porridge with banana and fruit.
Naturally healthy buckwheat and linseed porridge with banana and fruit.
Naturally healthy buckwheat and linseed porridge with banana and fruit.

Buckwheat and Linseed: superfood alternatives to oats

Buckwheat despite its name is completely unrelated to wheat and is, in fact, a plant related to rhubarb and like linseed gluten-free. It is a superfood seed rich in B vitamins and minerals.

First sprout your buckwheat.

It can be done quicker by soaking for an hour or two or overnight but it’s better to soak and rinse the buckwheat for a couple of days, similar to making bean-sprouts, which makes them much, much nicer and more nutritious.

Sprouting buckwheat groats

2 cups of buckwheat groats makes 4 helpings. Place buckwheat groats in a bowl and cover with water, leave for an hour or so to soak then drain.  2-4 times per day, add plenty of water stir gently and strain excess off. After 1-2 days the little groats are starting to grow a sprout. Rinse well one final time, store in refrigerator for up to a couple of says.

Breakfast for one?

If you need only one serving sprout your buckwheat and store in the fridge or freezer. It will be fine for a few days, then make up single helpings (divide ingredients below by 4) as you need.

Recipes for coconut & linseed oil vegan butter

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Oleolux coconut cold-pressed linseed oil vegan butter
Oleolux coconut cold-pressed linseed oil vegan butter

Veggie, vegan, healthy, delicious butter

Recipe for coconut & linseed butter: the two healthiest cold-pressed extra virgin oils:

Two great new recipes; make your own delicious healthy linseed butter; dairy-free, lots of good fats, vegan and cholesterol-free. These recipes are incredibly easy to make and taste amazing Continue reading