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Linum usitatissimum


Linum usitatissimum

(Flax)


Botanical info: 

Flax  is a slender annual herb that grows in cultivation to 1.2 m tall bearing glaucous green leaves and solitaire terminal flowers. It grows naturally in anthropogenic (man-made) or disturbed habitats, meadows, and fields. It is considered native to Asia Minor. Flowering June to August.  


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Ulcers:

        a. Flax fruit is used as a poultice on external oedemas and inflammations. 

        b. As a healing for injuries.

    b. In Nature of Women: 

        a. Ας abdomen poultice for the treatment of hysteria.

        b. As menstruation promoting agent. 

    c. In Diseases of Women 1:

        a. As uterus analgetic. 

        b. Against uterus ulcers. 

    d. In Diseases of Women 2:

        a. As a cleansing decoction for uterus flatulence.  

        b. As painkiller poultice.  


Other uses: 

Flax seeds as well as the woven cloth having been found in Egyptian tombs. The crushed seeds or linseed meal make a very useful poultice, either alone or with mustard, applied in ulcers and inflammation, against irritation and pain. It is commonly used for abscesses and other local affections. Linseed is largely employed as an addition to cough medicines. Linseed oil is applied in burns and scalds. Internally, the oil is sometimes given as a laxative and has been used as a cosmetic for removing spots from the face. The meal has sometimes been used fraudulently for adulterating pepper.


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