THE POWER OF FLAXSEEDS + DIY FLAXSEED GEL RECIPE


Beauty Nutrients

For centuries flaxseed has been touted as one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet, with evidence showing it may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  That's a pretty big call for such a tiny seed that has also proven helpful for our all-important beauty needs too, like hair, skin and nail health.  

Believed to have been cultivated in Mesopotamia as early as 4500 BCE, it was a common crop used in the production of nets, cloth, linseed oil and even pharmaceuticals. Fibres from flax were found in linen used to wrap mummies in ancient Egypt. In the 8th century King Charlamagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseeds that he passed a law requiring his loyal subjects to consume it.



6 Reasons To Add Flaxseeds To Your Diet For Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails


1. MINERAL CONTENT: Flaxseed is a rich source of manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. 3 tablespoons of flax meal contains 1.2mg of iron and 82mg of magnesium. 

2. VITAMIN CONTENT: The seeds are packed with important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folate.

3. HEALTHY FATS: omega-3 essential fatty acids are considered heart-healthy, good fats that have been associated with reducing inflammation and protecting the brain against aging. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid which supports skin health by decreasing inflammation & promoting cell regeneration.

4. LINGANS:  Flaxseeds are the best source of lignans, a class of phytonutrient that has both plant oestrogen and antioxidant properties.  Scientists have studied flaxseed lignans for their breast cancer-fighting abilities and their positive effect on systolic blood pressure.

5. PROTEIN CONTENT: A nutrient essential for the maintenance and repair of cells, tissue and organs. Flax protein is also extremely rich in amino acids

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FIBER CONTENT: Just one tablespoon will provide 8% of your daily value of fiber.  But whole flaxseeds are so small they can pass straight through your digestive tract whole leaving the nutrients unabsorbed.  For the best benefits either buy ground flax or get yourself a dedicated coffee grinder. 






DIY FLAXSEED GEL FOR SKIN & NAILS



Now, I not going to tell you this is a quick and easy DIY. Because it's not, it's a bit longwinded I'm afraid. It must also be stored in the fridge and only lasts for a couple of weeks dues to it have water in it. But, if you have the time, it's so worth it. Especially if you have curly hair.

I try to make this flaxseed gel as often as possible and  use it everywhere. My hair, nails, brows, lashes and skin. It's a very economical part of my beauty regime as I buy a 1kg bag of organic flaxseeds for around £6 and it lasts for ages. 

I use this coffee grinder to mill flaxseeds to add to my smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal or granola. 



SKIN: It may be a pain in the backside to make, but my skin loves flaxseed gel. It completely absorbs into the skin in seconds leaving no residue at all. I apply it after toner and before face oil/moisturiser. I use it on my body after a shower before lotion/body oil. It is especially good for scaly spots like my shins!


NAILS:
If you have weak, brittle nails you could be deficient in omega-3. This essential fatty acid nurtures the cells in the nail bed, prevents inflammation and aids in the absorption of other nutrients. I massage homemade flaxseed gel into my nails to keep them strong and healthy.



LASHES + BROWS:  Flaxseed gel makes the best eyebrow gel! Get yourself a packet of spoolies and brush on lashes + brows daily.


HAIR: If you have curls, flaxseed gel works great as a curl defining, leave-in conditioner.



SMOOTHIE:  A spoonful of flax meal a day keeps my hair and nails in good condition. Add 1 Tbsp to smoothies, yoghurt, oatmeal or granola


RECIPE


A Quarter Cup of Organic Flaxseeds

600ml Bottled water


*A stocking to strain the gel from seeds*



  • Place seeds and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

  • Lower the heat to medium and let the seeds boil away for at least 10 minutes. You will know when the gel is ready because the water becomes stringy like mucus. Use a spoon to keep checking the consistency. 

  • Turn heat off and let cool (very important) so you don't burn your hands straining! 

  • Pour all the contents of the pan into a stocking and squeeze the gel out into a bowl. This is the messy bit! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 2 weeks.

  This is a bit of a time consuming DIY, but so worth it!
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