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Linseed gel: 2 methods to make this cousin of aloe vera gel, and how to use it

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Linseed gel: 2 methods to make this cousin of aloe vera gel, and how to use it
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We can’t give enough praise to aloe vera gel, with its countless benefits, and which more and more fans of natural health and beauty are often finding they can’t do without. But if you have a few brown or golden linseeds, you have in your possession the most important ingredient for making linseed gel. Excellent for the skin and hair, it is easy to make and to use, and its properties are as extraordinary as the famous aloe vera gel you have in your bathroom. We are going to give you two techniques: one using heat, which will suit the more impatient of you, and one cold method, which preserves all of the gel’s qualities. At the end of the article, we will also provide you with a few possible uses for the skin or hair.  

1) Method using heat

What you need:

  • A half a glass of gold or brown linseeds
  • 4 glasses of water
  •  A pot
  • Something to filter the gel (for example, a strainer)

You can adjust the quantities depending on the texture you would like to obtain.

Method:

1) Pour the linseeds and the water into the pot.

Credits: Screenshot YouTube / Alys Boucher
Credits: Screenshot YouTube / Alys Boucher

2) Heat it all on a medium heat, until it starts to simmer.

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3) When it is simmering, leave it on the heat for another 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Your water will thicken and transform into a gel.

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4) Strain it well and leave it to cool.

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When it is hot, your gel will still be quite runny, but once it cools down, it will turn into a real gel! It can be kept for 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge.

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2) The cold method

What you need:

  • 2 large tablespoons of golden or brown linseeds
  • 2 glasses of water
  • Two containers
  • A fine fabric

You can adjust the quantities depending on the texture you would like to obtain.

Method:

1) Pour the linseeds and the water into your container, stir it and leave it to sit overnight.

Credits: Screenshot YouTube / Alys Boucher
Credits: Screenshot YouTube / Alys Boucher

2) Strain the gel with a piece of fine fabric.

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3) So as not to waste any gel, don’t hesitate to squeeze your fabric to get all of the gel out. It’s done and your gel is ready to use! Note that it will keep for 2 to 3 weeks when kept cool.

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What are the uses of linseed gel?

For the skin:

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  • It doesn’t leave an oily layer on the skin, and it is excellent for hydrating and nourishing the skin.
  • Good news: it suits all skin types.
  • It soothes the skin. It is therefore a good product for sensitive skin, but it can also work as an after-sun gel.
  • It has tightening, anti-ageing and protective effects on the skin.

For the hair:

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  • It can be used as a styling gel.
  • In fact, it dries in without leaving residue or a visible film on the hair. Therefore, it is not necessary to rinse it out, which is highly practical!
  • It hydrates, protects, softens and shines the tips and the lengths of the hair.
  • By mixing it in equal parts with vegetable oil, you will have a fantastic hair mask that you can apply before shampooing your hair, leaving it in for as long as possible before washing. Your hair will be in great health!

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