I received a question regarding how to make a decent flax seed gel at home. I mean, far be it from me to keep the wonders of natural hair care to myself, so I was happy to respond. As I was formulating a reply, I figured that I should share the recipe with the rest of you! So without further adieu, here’s a fairly typical DIY flax seed recipe that’s pretty easy to prepare. It can be customized by adding essential oils of your choice:
What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup whole flax seeds
2 cups water
1 cheap pair of pantyhose (the 50 cents type from the drug store that come in a little plastic ball)
2 – 3 small containers to house the gel when hot & 1 air tight container to store the gel once made
Essential oils (optional)
1. In a medium size pot or saucepan, mix flax seeds and water and bring to boil. Stir frequently to release any flax seeds sticking to the sides and bottom of the pot. The water will begin to thicken and congeal.
2. Prepare a small container and line with the cheap pantyhose.
3. When the “mucus” from the flax seeds begin to float on top of the water and the liquid has reached your desired consistency (approx. 10 minutes), it’s time to strain. The water should retain some liquid-y consistency to it as this will aid the straining process. No worries, the gel thickens some more as it cools.
4. Pour the gel mixture into a container lined with pantyhose. Gently lift panty hose and use tongs to strain out the gel. Do not use your fingers as the water is BOILING hot! (No burns please!!) Repeat in batches until all the water from the pot is done. Use separate small containers for each batch and combine the finished product at the end–it’s just easier, trust me. Note: the end of the batch is always the thickest so you may have to run the tongs down the pantyhose strainer several times on the last batch and it may be a bit of a battle.
5. After combining the gel into one container, add some essential oils. Some good options are rosemary, lavender, basil, sandalwood and geranium essential oils. Even vitamin E. Just add 2 – 3 drops of the oils of your choice. Mix for a smooth finish.
6. Transfer to an air tight container and keep in the fridge. The oils should help preserve the gel for up to 3 weeks. [You should also keep the seeds you just used in an airtight container and store in the fridge for future use.]
Benefits of Essential Oils:
Vitamin E – Vitamin E oil contains antioxidants, which improve the immune system and increases the circulation of blood to all parts of the body, including the scalp. A healthy supply of blood is a good stimulant for hair growth. The oil also deep conditions the hair, and stimulates production of sebum which provides a lustrous shine. And for all those ladies out there with stressful jobs, vitamin E oil, as an antioxidant, prevents the corrosion of tissues cause by oxidation and helps prevent the premature greying of hair.
Lavender Oil – Lavender oil is great for all hair types, whether oily or dry. It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for address dandruff or dry, itchy scalp. It’s most common hair usage is for hair loss prevention and is used to aid in cases of alopecia. It also blends well with most other oils. Plus, it smells fantastic!
Rosemary Oil – Like lavender oil, Rosemary oil is a fragrant oil and is great for all hair types. It too has anti-fungal properties and is great for treating dandruff. However, it also stimulates the follicles and promotes hair growth.
Basil Oil – Basil oil stimulates blood circulation, which encourages hair growth.
Sandalwood Oil – Sandalwood oil is high in sesquiterpenes, the chemical component that stimulates the pineal gland in the brain. This creates deep relaxation of the nervous system and is often used to enhance meditation. It is particularly useful for rejuvenating dry skin and hair (especially dry ends) and adds a lovely fragrance (you probably will recognize the scent from a lot of perfumes).
Geranium Oil – Geranium oil has a rose-like scent. In fact, most people mistake the scent for rose oil, which happens to be 6 times the price of Geranium oil! It is particularly useful for dry hair as it balances the production of sebum and strengthens the hair. A side benefit is it eases symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause (in case you were wondering 😉 ).
There are many more essential oils that one can use in this recipe. Just look up the oils which have the properties you are trying to achieve, whether it be restoring dry hair or promoting hair growth or something else entirely! I hope this was helpful! See you on the flip side. 🙂
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