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A European Folk Remedy – Flax Tea

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A European Folk Remedy – Flax Tea

Often, the “old wives” had it right! Science has confirmed the chicken soup theory, and so it seems that Mom’s powers of healing extended beyond just a kiss on the forehead.

These remedies are worth knowing. There is scientific lab study of cells and molecules and chemical interactions, and then there is observational study over centuries. There is a lot to be said for observational studies. If the patient eats xyz and gets sick every time, then he does not eat xyz and he is healthy, perhaps there is something in the xyz that does not work for this person.

Flaxseed Tea has been used to promote healing of general gastrointestinal ulceration, inflammation, and bleeding. Also, many find it very soothing and helpful for easing heartburn, and for gallbladder pain.

It is relatively inexpensive and easy to make. Of course, if you have these conditions, consult your physician!

Some sources will receommend boiling the seeds. You can do this if it works for you. However, a warm water extraction preserves linolenic acid in the flaxseeds, with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Here’s How

Place flaxseed into a bowl or pitcher.


Add warm, purified water. Set aside for 8 hours


After 8 hours, strain out the seeds. The extracted tea is ready to drink.


Flax Tea


  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1 quart warm water


Soak flaxseed in warm water for 8 hours. Strain. Drink tea as needed.

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Information on this site is not intended as medical advice. This is informational only. Please consult your healthcare provider for your specific needs.

Good Health!






  1. Ricki
    RickiMay 26,14

    I have flaxseed meal on hand. Do you think it would work, or does it lack something that is only in the whole seeds?

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaMay 30,14

      Once flaxseed is ground, it quickly loses its nutritive power. It is best to keep whole seeds on hand and grind them as you need them. That said, using ground flaxseed meal would probably result in a more gelatinous liquid, rather than a strainable tea. It would probably still be soothing, but may be difficult to swallow. If you experiment with this, please share!

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