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Flax seed

Linum usitatissimum-Flax seed-Cheruchanam

Scientific name of Flax seed: Linum usitatissimum

Name of Flax seed in different languages:-

English: linseed

Sanskrit: Agashee, Uma, Neelapushpam

Hindi: Maseena, Alasee, Atasi

Malayalam: Cheruchana ചെറുചണ

Plant description of Flax seed:

flaxseedsFlaxseed or linseed (Linum usitatissimum) is an annual herb, erect, slender stems, grows up to 120 cm tall. Leaves are grayish-green, alternately arranged and with 3 veins. Flowers are pale blue, with five petals and in a cluster. Fruits are ovate capsules and seeds are oval, flattened, 4 to 6mm long and shiny and pale to dark brown.

Useful plant parts: Seed, flower, Leaf, seed oil.

Medicinal uses:

To treat constipation, diabetic, functional disorders of the colon, rheumatism, eyes infections, cold, flu, fever and gout.

Chemical content: Omega-3 fatty acids, Lignans

How to prepare medicines:

Flax seed is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

SarshapadiChoornam

Gojihwadi Kashaya

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