Harvesting Linseed and Flax

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Linseed and flax are grown differently

Both linseed and flax, which are simply different varieties of the same plant, Linum usitatissimum, are traditional crops in the UK but grown for different purposes and the production methods are significantly different Continue reading

Male menopause

Linseed for the male menopause, andropause and an aphrodisiac

The posh name for the male menopause is the “Andropause”. It is the name sometimes given to explain a collection of symptoms in men as they get older. It is not universally or scientifically acknowledged, there is no precise defining stage, but it covers the phase when the production of male sex hormones, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone reduces. Unlike women it is a slow and gradual process. Continue reading

Omega-3: why flax oil is better than krill oil

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

Linseed omega-3 can be healthier than EPA & DHA fish oils and helps conserve the oceans

Puffins and conserved by use of sustainable product such as linseed oil over krill oil
Puffin

ALA works perfectly well for people as a source of omega-3 for people. Cats and a few isolated fish-eating communities have lost the gene to process omega-3 into longer chain omega-3’s.  The rest of us do very well on omega-3 from linseed (flaxseed) oil. It is ALA which is so essential for health we are equipped with enzymes to turn EPA into ALA.  It has been shown linseed (flaxseed) oil, a sustainable source of omega-3 can work better than fish oil.  Linseed oil can have more benefit than fish was proved in a recent study the Holism Study, abstract, website. Continue reading

Linseed (flax) a natural HRT

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Linseed-Flax: Natural Remedy for Hormone Balance and Menopause

“I feel better now than I did 20 years ago”

Using Linseed/Flax for Balancing Hormones and Relieving Symptoms of the Menopause:

We can have a more comfortable menopause

I was lucky. I discovered linseed and it was brilliant, Continue reading

Growmore leaflet, Ministry Fish & Ag, 1945: “Linseed as a Home-Grown Crop”

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Growmore Linseed. WW2 Leaflet from Ministry Fisheries and Agriculture
Growmore Linseed. WW2 Leaflet Ministry Fisheries and Agriculture

‘Growmore’ Leaflet No.13

Published by The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hotel Lindum, St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire, 1945

This leaflet was published during World War 2 when growing linseed became important again as a food for cattle that were to produce the meat to feed the nation during wartime shortages. Continue reading

The Linseed Lancers: the Royal Army Medical Corps

Scan10010Linseed Lancers, linseed’s medical history

The Linseed Lancers is nickname of Royal Army Medical Corps. It refers to the use of linseed in poultices which was one of their remedies, always available even when they didn’t have anything else to offer.

Linseed poultices

Poultices were used to draw out infection, reduce swelling and pain. Continue reading

Linseed or Flax: what’s the difference?

Both linseed and flax are varieties of Linum usitatissimum

Linseed or flax? They are the same!

But there are some interesting differences!!

Linum usitatissimum

Linum usitatissimum, the plant that gives us both linseed and flax
colour drawing of Linum usitatissimum, the plant that gives us both linseed and flax

The cultivated plant is Linum usitatissimum. “Linseed” and “Flax” when produced as a food or supplement are both exactly the same thing (sometimes!). However the history of the plant, its uses and the marketing of the different names as healthfood in different countries have given rise to much confusion. Continue reading