Health and Beauty Benefits of Flaxseed Oil


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Health and Beauty Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

Health and Beauty Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

Exactly a month after I got married, we shifted to our new flat and while adjusting things at our new home, I got a treasure which was a waste for me at first sight. It was a big container filled with flaxseed. It is widely used internally and externally for N number of health and beauty applications. The seeds come in two varieties, one is golden yellow and another is dark brown colored. The dark yellow is a little lower in omega-3 fatty acids which is the main content of flaxseeds. The one I have is dark brown.

After I googled out its benefits, I immediately called up my mom to get a big bottle of flaxseed oil from our native. Although my husband advised to try out a smaller quantity first, I knew I was not going to regret my decision. Still somehow, my husband managed to send a telepathic message to my mom and she just got a small bottle of home-made flaxseed oil.

flaxseed

So, here are some of my experiments with the oil, which although a bit slow but gave awesome results:

Flaxseed For Hair

I have oily hair and since I have started with my job, my hair has got me several awards for frizziness and fly aways, and it has become wavy and totally unmanageable. I feel the need to wash them every alternate day. Although my mother-in-law scolds me like hell for this saying that I will not have a single strand left on my head when I grow old, I can’t spend my day with that all greasy feel on my head, but since the time I have started oiling my hair with this miracle potion, I go without washing my hair even for three days . This is because the oil locks moisture in the hair strands and controls the oil secretion from the scalp. Not just this but I miss my small fly aways that are now gone. My hair is now much more manageable, soft and shiny even after three days of shampooing.

Flaxseed For Body:

It’s my brother’s marriage next month and I guess more than his bride, I am the one who is preparing for the marriage. Before my marriage, I was using my mom’s home-made ubtan of besan, milk powder, haldi and multani mitti from my native (they say they add all the herbs like chandan etc., to it).  I started using this pack a month back, but just to experiment, I added flaxseed oil to it, and the results have been to die for. I don’t need to use moisturizer even while sitting in the cool and drying environment of AC in the office all day. My body is much more smoother and glows in the sun.  It also acts an anti-tan pack, so I get to save a lot on my sunscreen.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed For Face:

After trying it in my body pack, I was hellbent sure that it would help with the occasional zits on my face and keep me away from my strawberry nose, but I was a bit skeptical about using it on my face as I have an oily skin. I used the oil in my face pack of besan and curd. Although it didn’t create any miracles, it prevented from further damage. My acne marks are now gone, I don’t get the oily feeling on my face all day and the skin looks attractive. I use the face pack at night, wash it and sleep without putting on a moisturizer as I feel the skin needs to be left fresh at night. I still get up all clean, without feeling the oil on my T-zone.  All in all, I am loving what it has done to my face and because now I can tell my mom that I don’t necessarily need a facial before my bro’s marriage.

Face pack

Miscellaneous Health Benefits of Flaxseed Oil:

Some miscellaneous findings from Google:

• Although my mother-in-law told me that it increases weight, Google uncle told me that in US, it’s majorly used in weight loss programs. Flaxseed oil plays a significant role in fat burning and thus, helps to maintain a healthy body weight.
• You can add the seeds to milk after powdering them and give it to your grandparents. Trust me their knees will always thank you for this as the omega-3 acids in the oil reduces the risk of blood clot formation and inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
• One major reason for making this your best dietary friend is it helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, balance the progesterone levels and reduce menopause problems such as sleep difficulties, headache, anxiety, mood swings, breast cysts, etc.
• Flaxseed oil can be used to treat various women’s health problems such as premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, pre-menopausal symptoms, endometriosis and female infertility. It can also improve uterine function and health.

In a nutshell, the daily intake of flaxseed oil definitely has many positive effects on women’s health.

I hope the information proves to be helpful to you, and also sorry if you found it a bit lengthy as this being my first article on IMBB, I was super excited to blurt out everything and give away all the information I had.

Thanks Rati for adding me to the beautiful team!!!!

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22 thoughts on “Health and Beauty Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

  1. hey Archana. loved reading the Post and yes i was aware of the health benefits and i take flaxseed oil capsules every single day now but glad u shared your experiences on the skin and Hair. ‘ll search for it now. :)) :thanks: for sharing. 😉

  2. i must thank you sincerely for this. have meaning to incorporate some kinda oil into my routine and after seeing the numerous benefits, I think I am most certainly going to buy this. by any chance, wud you be aware if its good for oily skin? in any case, i think i will buy it for the hair atleast.

    and welcome to IMBB!! :yahoo: :yahoo: This team is definitely ‘beautiful’ in more ways than one..

    1. hi Aru,
      sorry for a recklessly late reply, was out for some days for my brother’s wedding. even i have oily face and scalp and this oil helped me a lot. so should suit you as well

  3. Oh, I take flaxeed supplements almost every day… And my skin has never been better :)) Also, even Cod liver oil capsules can be used if flaxeeds r unavailable.. They have a high content of omega-3 as well n can quite substitue flaxeed supplements.. :))

      1. Yes. Since Cod liver oil is easier to find, u could take those too (Beware: the smell is just too HORRIBLE). I strongly suggest capsules if u wanna take them as supplements.

  4. lovely article archana,thnx a lot for sharing,but where can i get this oil or seeds & how to derive oil from the seeds,plz do let us know,it is always better to have homemade oil than the readymade ones,plz do ask ur mom abt the process & do share with us.thanx a lot again dear. :thanks: :puchhi:

    1. hey bhavna, i doubt even my mom is enough enlightened about the process.she got it from some relative, still ill ask her ………….I guess it should be available in the retail stores with the cookery items

  5. i remember that i have a closed packet of flaxseeds lying in my cupboard. i wonder why i never opened it. :(( thanks for the reminds. good article and welcome to imbb. 🙂

  6. wow….i didnt have ANY idea about the health benefits of flaxseed at all! All I knew from my high school georaphy class that it’s fibres are used to make fabric, paper etc and that I used processed flaxseed oil for oil paintings….sheez… :yikes: wierd that i was totally unaware of something that could be benificial for my hair which behaves similarly to urs,,,THANKS A TON FOR SHARING THIS!!! :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

  7. Awesome article Archana…I never knew that Flaxseed could be applied to the hair and face…I will definitely try ur tips…i hope it doesn’t break me out…

  8. i had a small box full of flaxseeds aur……kar lo baat, i didnt even know they were called flax seeds. i am now munching on them even as i am reading ur article.

  9. hey!! nice article!! i feed it to my birdies 😛 😛 :toothygrin:
    i knew that it helps in increased bowel movement if added to ones diet!! so ppl suffering from constipation can use this 🙂
    thanks i dint know so many things abt it!! :thanks: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

  10. Amazing article,Archana! I had no idea you could use flaxseed oil in so many ways. :woot: :woot: :woot:
    :thanks: sooo much for sharing! :teddy:

  11. this is so informative…..i dont have the flaxseed oil…..i do have flaxseeds as a whole….how can we use that for external use? I have been munching on the seeds for some time now……..any ideas..!?!??!

  12. Information-packed article @ Nutrient-packed wonder called Flaxseeds..Archana :yes: We do use flaxseeds powder on regular basis in salads..as for us vegetarians its biggest source of Omega-3 fatty acids. At times I add this powder in my homemade facemasks..helps in sticking mask to the skin & leaves the skin petal soft after wash. Just a word of caution which I have read is..excessive intake of it leads to stomach upset.Thanx for all the detailed information.. :thanks:

  13. nice post… 🙂 love to know how miraculous this oil is… :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: i really wanna try this out pls suggest me a good brand to order my bottle… :waiting: :waiting: :waiting:

  14. GREAT article, Archana! :thanks: :thumbsup: One of my uncles as recently discussing the health benefits of flaxseeds and I knew about the knee and weight-loss help but had no clue about its benefits for skin! :woot: :woot: Super! I’m going to hunt them down for my face packs. :happydance: :happydance:

    For people who take flaxseed supplements, are they easily available in pharmacies? Any particular brands?

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