Flax seeds are micro powerhouses in terms of their benefits and nutritional profile. Not only are they a wonderful source of protein and fibre, they’re also a wonderful source of alpha linoleic fatty acid (in other words, omega 3 fatty acid) which is otherwise mainly found in fish and some nuts. So, it’s a great option to fill in the gaps of your nutrition if you’re a vegetarian/vegan or if you have nut allergies.
However, flax seeds and flaxseed oil are beneficial for your skin when applied topically too.
Prepare your flax seed gel by adding a half cup of whole flax seeds to two cups boiling water. Keep stirring this mixture on low heat till you see it acquire a gel-like consistency.
Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth and use immediately as this gel dries up and hardens quite quickly.
Read on to find out what you can do for your skin and hair with this wonderful gel.
Basic flax seed face mask
Use your fingers to apply the gel on your face and neck and let it dry. Once dry, use a soft washcloth dipped in warm water to gently remove the mask off.
This mask exfoliates and removes blackheads, tones and brightens up the skin, moisturizes and provides an anti-aging boost to delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Flax seed hair gel
This easy-to-make hair gel is perfect if you’re looking for a hair gel that’s natural, doesn’t leave any product build-up and promotes hair growth, volume and scalp health.
Use this to help style your hair or for fly-aways. Feel free to apply it to your scalp too.
Flax seed acne gel
To your flax seed gel, add a teaspoon of turmeric, a teaspoon of lemon and a teaspoon of honey. While the flax seed gel tones, tightens and brightens skin, turmeric, honey and lemon are all anti-microbials and will dry off and kill acne causing bacteria. All these ingredients also fade scars and impart a healthy glow to the skin.
Use this gel all over your face or as a spot treatment on the acne-prone parts. Wash off after 15 minutes.
Flax seed deep conditioning hair mask
To your gel, add in a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil, argan oil or olive oil. Mix thoroughly and apply all over your scalp and down till the ends of your hair. Keep this on anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes and then wash it off with your shampoo.
Once dry, you’ll find your hair nourished and deep-conditioned.
Flax seed nail gel
While consuming flax seeds either whole or powdered is the best way to help your hair and nails grow (omega 3 and proteins are both essential to healthy hair and nails!), massaging your flax seed gel on your nails and cuticles before going to bed is also worth including into your night-time routine. Some people swear by this nail gel for getting long and strong nails. If applying the nail gel every night seems a bit too tedious, try getting some flax seed oil which you can rub into your nails and cuticles instead.
For beautiful, glowing skin, the primary requirement is to take care of yourself from the inside – following a great diet and positive lifestyle habits (such as sleeping well, adequate hydration, moderate daily exercise, constructively dealing with stress etc).