Updated: May 16
Focusing on hydration is always the first stage of healing. Flaxseeds can be used to increase hydration and improve colon transit time both vital to eliminate toxicity from the body. Read on to find out how to use flaxseeds in your daily life. If you are a client, please follow the method (s) suggested to you. This is for information purposes only, it is prudent to seek guidance for effective support.
It is advisable to increase the amount of flaxseeds slowly over time; start with one teaspoon and increasing to 3 teaspoons. Hot or cold it is best to always use a big mug and drink a substantial amount of water when consuming flaxseeds (or the grounds).
It is great to drink both a hot and cold infusion each day. In the cold, you eat the seeds whole for insoluble fibre, the tea is more like a hug-in-a-mug providing soluble fibre, hydrating and calming the body. If you have a busy life just follow the EASY method, for the best of both worlds!
Morning Infusion, Cold: Soak some whole flaxseeds in a large mug of cold water overnight and cover. Drink the water and the seeds first thing in the morning; you might need to use a spoon as it is important to swallow the seeds whole without chewing them. This morning drink of whole seeds will provide insoluble fibre which increases your colon transit time so you can produce a full and regular (and seedy) stool. It will also gently exfoliate the lining of the gut so you will feel cleaner, as well as providing a calming, hydrating message to the body and provide a source of essential fatty acids.
Flaxseed Tea - Traditional Method, hot: Use around two tablespoons of whole flaxseeds to around a litre of water. It will be thick but you can add additional warm water to make a thinner tea if you find it too thick. Place the whole flaxseeds into a large pan, bring to the boil then immediately turn off and cover. Leave it to stand overnight. The next morning simmer on the lowest setting for about an hour. Discard the seeds and drink the tea only. You can keep it in the fridge for up to two days. This method is for hydration and to make our cells feel nice and calm - a Hug in a Mug!
Alternative Flaxseed Tea, hot: A simple and quick version of the traditional method. Add some freshly ground flaxseeds to a large mug and pour in boiling water - just like making a cup of tea. When the flaxseed milk is at a comfortable temperature, drink both the water and the ground flaxseeds. Flaxseed tea makes a good alternative when transitioning away from teas and coffees.
THE EASY METHOD: You can make flaxseed tea in a flask, overnight, providing the benefits of both the hot and cold options. In a flask, add around a pint and half of boiling water with the flaxseeds. If you are doing this method then you must use whole flaxseeds and swallow them whole the next morning. This should provide you with the best of both worlds, lovely hydration each morning while also obtaining fibre from the whole seeds. The fibre from the whole seeds should encourage a bowel movement; helping you to work towards producing a large, regular, sturdy (and seedy) stool, which leaves you feeling nice and clean!
Flaxseeds may sometimes be called Linseeds (usually the name linseed is kept for industrial use)
You can use both golden and brown flaxseeds, a mix is perhaps best given they have a similar nutritional value
Always buy whole seeds and not the ground seeds as they oxidise easily. If you want to use grounds, then grind them freshly.
Always store flaxseeds in an airtight jar. Keep in a dark place or even the fridge in summer months to stop rancidity; oil should always remain in the fridge.
Flaxseeds are best frequently bought in small amounts to keep freshness as they can oxidise easily
If you would like, you can incorporate ground flaxseeds to smoothies but keep to freshly ground
If you would like, you can add flaxseed oil to salads or other cold dishes but do not use it in cooking as the oil oxidises with heat.
Flaxseed Tea Enema
To do a flaxseed TEA enema (we are not using oils or seeds when doing an enema!). You must first make flaxseed tea using the traditional method above. It is important to strain the tea and just use the liquid. Add half a pint of the tea to one and half pints of warm water. If you can hold the tea for around 15 mins that is a brilliant start. Flaxseed tea enemas can be completed up to three times a week. Enemas help to send a message of soothing hydration direct to the colon and liver and supports our detoxification processes.
You can buy flaxseeds here (as an example of what you are looking for):
This is for information purposes only. Flaxseeds are generally considered a safe food for the average healthy adult. If you are pregnant, lactating, have a pre-existing digestive disorder or are taking medication/contraceptives you should speak with your GP or seek further advice.