Flax seed

Scientific name of Flax seed: Linum usitatissimum

Name of Flax seed in different languages:-

English: linseed

Sanskrit: Agashee, Uma, Neelapushpam

Hindi: Maseena, Alasee, Atasi

Malayalam: Cheruchana ചെറുചണ

Plant description of Flax seed:

Flaxseed or linseed (Linum usitatissimum) is an annual herb, with erect, slender stems, grows up to 120 cm tall. Leaves are grayish-green, alternately arranged, and with 3 veins. Flowers are pale blue, with five petals, and in a cluster. Fruits are ovate capsules and seeds are oval, flattened, 4 to 6mm long shiny, and pale to dark brown.

Useful plant parts: Seed, flower, Leaf, seed oil.

Medicinal uses:

To treat constipation, diabetes, functional disorders of the colon, rheumatism, eye infections, cold, flu, fever and gout.

Ayurveda Medicinal uses Flax seed

In Ayurveda, Flax Seeds (Alsi or Linum usitatissimum) are recognized for their therapeutic properties:

  1. Digestive Health: Alleviates constipation, supports healthy digestion, and eases digestive discomfort.
  2. Balancing Doshas: Helps balance Vata and Pitta doshas, contributing to overall well-being.
  3. Heart Health: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, it promotes cardiovascular health, regulating cholesterol levels.
  4. Joint Support: Contains anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in managing joint pain and inflammation.
  5. Skin and Hair: Nourishes skin and hair, contributing to a healthy complexion and lustrous hair.
  6. Hormonal Balance: Supports hormonal health, especially in women, aiding in menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms.

Remember to consult a certified Ayurvedic practitioner for personalized guidance on incorporating flax seeds into your diet for optimal benefits.

Chemical content: Omega-3 fatty acids, Lignans

Flax seed is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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