linum usitatissimum

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Pale blue flowers have 5 slightly overlapping petals. The famous seed (from inside a papery brown seed pod) is used as a fiber for digestive and bowel issues like diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation. Contains 800 times more lignan (a plant estrogen) than other plants. Used for female problems. Has essential fatty acids that help lubricate the body and promote regularity. Anti-inflammatory. The darker brown seed type has more Omega 3 than the golden yellow flax. Used in cancer therapy and raw food diets. Promotes strong bones, nails, skin and teeth. Flax is kind of gritty and hard, I prefer chia seeds over flax.
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New research on the cultural history of the useful plant Linum usitatissimum L.
Scientific research suggests that the edible-liquid version of the boiled seed of the linum usitatissimum plant does have an impressive list of extraordinary benefits.
The flax plant species Linum usitatissimum is made into linen fabrics, linseed oil, and even linoleum flooring.
The botanical name of flax is Linum usitatissimum L.
One of the world's oldest cultivated plants, flax's botanical name, Linum usitatissimum, means ``most useful plant.