With the increased popularity of natural remedies, flax got pushed to the wayside. Marketers began to turn their noses up at it in favor of more “exotic” options…Herbs that would draw intrigue and generate excitement in the wellness world… But flax is anything but humble when it comes to its potential to bring relief, and it’s so much more than a food additive.
The use of flax in a poultice is tried and true, with traditional uses ranging from wound care to expelling phlegm from the lungs.
In this post, we’re focusing on making a poultice to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
Important Note: We are not medical professionals, and this information is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Below we’ve provided a recipe that we’ve used in the past… But you must consult with a professional and do thorough research before attempting to use it or make it for yourself. While we enjoy opening people up to the world of herbs, and we do our best to provide valuable information, our instructions and information may be subject to error.
What You’ll Need
- Gauze (or clean cotton cloth)
- A bowl for mixing
- Ground Flaxseed
How We Make It
- Measure out 1 part ground flaxseed and between 2 and 3 parts water
- You can adjust proportions based on the size of the area you need to cover
- Slowly drizzle the water into the dish of ground flax while stirring
- Continue to work the water into the flax until you have a spreadable (but not too thin) paste.
Applying the Flax Paste Poultice
- Gently work the paste on to the skin over the sore area
- Wrap the area with a layer of plastic wrap
- Wrap the layer of plastic with gauze to keep it secure and close to the skin
- The poultice can be left on for up to three hours at a time
- If needed, it can be used multiple times in one day, but it’s best to start slow to see how the area responds.
Note: If you’re experiencing pain and inflammation, it’s important to consult with a medical professional to determine the underlying cause/best course of treatment. This is not medical advice, and this recipe is not an appropriate substitution for professional medical treatment.