Linseed tea is sometimes called a "hug in a mug". It is a wonderful remedy that is helpful for many conditions.
Linseeds are also known as flaxseeds, although there is a slight difference, so get linseeds if at all possible. Linseeds and flax have wonderful hormone balancing qualities, especially useful for those who suffer with irregular, painful or heavy periods, painful breasts or menopausal symptoms.
Linseeds are also great at helping to balance blood sugar and are incredibly hydrating when made into a tea.
When you make the tea, it turns into an impressive gelatinous texture. There are a lot of oils within the seeds. Through the cooking process, these oils seep into the water and make the gel like texture. It is this combination that is super hydrating.
To hydrate efficiently, the body needs fresh, pure water and essential fatty acids. This is because the cell membrane is made up of phopholipids and cholesterol. These oils are needed to replenish the cell walls regularly so that the cells can allow contents in and out without them hardening up and in effect becoming more "wall - like".
Usually, our liver has to sort out combining water with fat. When we consume linseed tea, the liver is not needed and is bypassed. This takes pressure away from the liver that may be tired already due to toxins or other demands.
Drinking linseed tea is a wonderful tonic for the body, especially for those who are dehydrated or have blood sugar balance problems. It is also really good if you suffer from anxiety, mood imbalances, skin problems or gut issues.
Put 2 tablespoons of linseeds in two pints of water in a large saucepan
Allow the water to boil
Turn the heat completely off and let the mixture sit for at least 20 minutes.
Boil the mixture again.
Turn the heat down and simmer for 50 minutes.
Strain and when cool, bottle with a screw cap glass bottle.
Once you have bottled up your mixture, aim to reheat and drink 3 cups per day. You will really notice the difference after a week or two. It has a flavour that reminds me of weetabix. When you drink it, it has a silky feeling in your mouth due to the oils. It is a little strange at first but you soon get used to it. I sometimes add a good measure of it to a large mug and top up with boiling water.
Make sure you screw the lid on tight as it won`t last long in the fridge otherwise. Drink within 3 days.
Thrive Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathic Health Eve Morley BA hons. NT. FNTP. AMNNA. Soc Nat
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