Saturday, October 24, 2009

Homestead Medicine Cabinet: Flax jelly for sore throats

The rain has stopped. The sky is clear. The sheep are damp and the shearer is coming on Sunday. I hope we get some wind to dry the fleeces. I have a line up of people waiting for lamb fleeces in natural chocolate, grey and white.

In the mean time, today I will finish the mohair fleece weighing, reskirting and labeling and get the list out to those patient people that are waiting...

And Robin has a cold (I hope its not the flu!). So we are feeding him flax jelly with honey and lemon. That and vitamin C and vitamin D3. He says the flax helps.

Flax jelly is the oldest herbal remedy known. It has stood the test of time. It helps with chest congestion, cough and sore throat. Make it just before you consume it. It thickens as it cools.

Recipe: Flax Jelly for colds or flu
2 tbsp. whole flax seed
1 cup of water
Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 min. Strain immediately and reserve the clear liquid. Mix in one tsp. honey and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Drink it down immediately.

It is the consistency of snot, errr, I mean egg white. Not pleasant but it is medicine and it doesn't taste bad. And it does help with the symptoms of a sore throat, cough and chest congestion. Robin says, "You get used to it."

The actions of flax seed are: demulcent (soothes), anti-tussive (prevents coughing), laxative, emollient, and vulnerary(wound healing).

You can also use flax jelly without the honey and lemon, as an egg white substitute in baking, or as an aftershave lotion. Or take the jelly and seeds together in a cotton cloth and use it externally as a warm plaster over the chest, to reduce congestion.

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