Linseed packs, also called flaxseed packs, provide soothing comfort and ease the ache of pelvic pain, sore muscles or provide extra heat during cold days or nights, especially when heated.
Linseeds are from a plant called Linum usitassimum. These tiny power-seeds contain polyunsaturated fatty aicds, mucins and minerals. Apart from topical use, linseeds are also consumed internally for hormone balance, namely oestrogen balance, inflammation and for the nutritional benefits of the good oils.
Linseed packs are very effective for relieving the inflammation, pain and cramping associated with endometriosis, fibroids, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and dysmenorrhoea (period pain).
The high concentration of good oil in linseeds means that the pack will hold heat longer, especially under a blanket. Also, because other grains contain more water they dry out faster than the oils in linseeds meaning these packs have a longer life.
Recipe for linseed packs
- Grind whole linseeds by hand (with a mortar and pestle) or a thermomix!
- Mix with (preferably hot) purified water to make a thick paste.
- Either spread directly over your belly and leave for 10 minutes, or
- Use a soft material such as muslin or flannelette for the exterior of a pack. Linseeds effectively hold the heat and can be reheated many times.
- A nice touch is to mix lavender or crushed cinnamon sticks with the linseeds for a pleasant aroma.
- Other essential oils to consider adding include rosemary (anti-inflammatory), peppermint, rose geranium, clove, allspice, basil or thyme.
This is less messy and time-consuming than the castor oil packs and although not used extensively, is very effective.
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