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Flaxseed Grain

Flaxseed Grain

Its Latin name is 'Linum usitatissimum' which means 'very medicinal plant'. Flax is from the flax family. Its homeland is Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Today, it is also grown as a cultural plant in Europe, Asia, North and South of America. In June and August, it enlivens the summer with its silky-soft, liberating azure or unique yellow flowers. Fiber and oil are classified as flax. It can easily grow in almost any type of soil. It is planted periodically as summer and autumn linen in Anatolia.

Fiber linen likes moist air, oil linen likes sunny weather. Flax seeds are pounded out of the capsule. It is cleaned by sieving. The fibers extracted through a laborious process are bundled and dipped into pools. After waiting for a while, it is removed from the pool and dried. After drying, it is passed through combs and straightened. It is prepared in balls.

Linseed is one of the oldest cultivated plants. It has been in the history of mankind for almost 4000-5000 years. B.C. Paintings on temples and tombs from the Ancient Egyptians in the 4th century show that flax was grown during this period. The dyed linen fiber found in a cave in Georgia is thought to date back to 3000 BC. It is also consumed by adding to various salads, meals and yogurt among the people.

From the linseed plant; flaxseed tea, linseed oil, linseed soap and cream are produced. It is widely used in wool production in the textile industry.

[1] Herbal Treatment in Turkey_Prof.Dr.Turhan Baytop (p262)

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