Linum usitatissimum L.

Linum usitatissimum L.

Chamaephytes

  • Desert
  • Thermophilous plants
  • Linaceae
  • Flax
  • פִּשְׁתָּה תַּרְבּוּתִית
  • pishta tarbutit
  • كتان
  • kittan
Medicinal uses

Complaints treated by Linum usitatissimum L.

System/State Complaint / Use Actions Preparation and Administration Parts Used Source
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Tonsilitis Anti-infective

Cook seeds in water, mash , spread over cloth & bandage throat

Cook seeds in water, mash , spread over cloth & bandage throat

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Gastrointestinal Diarrhea, dysentery Anti-diarrheal

Boil/blanch seeds, or prepare an infusion & drink

Boil/blanch seeds, or prepare an infusion & drink

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Gastrointestinal Enterocolitis Anti-infective, Anti-inflammatory

Use decoction of seeds as enema

Use decoction of seeds as enema

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Infections Gonorrhea Ant-infective

Boil/blanch seeds or prepare an infusion & drink.

Boil/blanch seeds or prepare an infusion & drink.

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Infections Mumps Ant-infective

Macerate/soften seeds in water, prepare compress & apply to swelling.

Macerate/soften seeds in water, prepare compress & apply to swelling.

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Kidney & Urinary Tract Kidney inflammation/ proteinuria/ hematuria Anti-inflammatory

Boil/blanch seeds, or prepare an infusion & drink

Boil/blanch seeds, or prepare an infusion & drink

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Kidney & Urinary Tract Kidney stones/ sand in urinary tract Anti-lithic

1.Cook seeds with barley or with barley + hilbeh (Trigonella foenum-graecum) & drink 2.Drink decoction of seeds

1.Cook seeds with barley or with barley + hilbeh (Trigonella foenum-graecum) & drink 2.Drink decoction of seeds

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Kidney & Urinary Tract Sand in urinary tract Anti-lithic seed
Musculoskeletal/ Joints Gout/ Rheumatic Pain/ internal inflammation Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Prepare a poultice by: 1.Adding boiling water to powdered seeds or 2.Adding cold water to powdered seeds & boiling (Admin. not specified but probbly applied to affected area 3. Prepare a compress by macerating seeds in water & adding to cloth for external application (See NOTES)

Prepare a poultice by: 1.Adding boiling water to powdered seeds or 2.Adding cold water to powdered seeds & boiling (Admin. not specified but probbly applied to affected area 3. Prepare a compress by macerating seeds in water & adding to cloth for external application (See NOTES)

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Musculoskeletal/ Joints Rheumatic Pain/ internal inflammation Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Prepare a poultice by: 1.adding boiling water to powdered seeds or 2. boiling seeds in cold water or 3.Prepare a compress by macerate/soften seeds in water Apply to affected area

Prepare a poultice by: 1.adding boiling water to powdered seeds or 2. boiling seeds in cold water or 3.Prepare a compress by macerate/soften seeds in water Apply to affected area

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Nervous system Chronic headache Analgesic

Mix roasted, ground seeds + sugar & eat x 1 teaspoonful mornings followed by raw egg.

Mix roasted, ground seeds + sugar & eat x 1 teaspoonful mornings followed by raw egg.

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Nervous system Stimulant / Irritant Stimulant

Prepare compress / poultice using : 1. Linum seeds
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2.Linum seeds + mustard seeds. (Admin. not specified).

Prepare compress / poultice using : 1. Linum seeds
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2.Linum seeds + mustard seeds. (Admin. not specified).

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Oral health Halitosis (bad breath) Unspecified

Boil seeds in water & use to gargle.

Boil seeds in water & use to gargle.

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Respiratory Cough, Rhinorrhea Anti-catarrhal, Anti-tussive

Cook seeds with babong (Matricaria), Althaea sp., sugar & drink.

Cook seeds with babong (Matricaria), Althaea sp., sugar & drink.

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Respiratory, Cough/ Rhinorrhea Anti-catarrhal, Anti-tussive

1. Boil/blanch seeds or prepare an infusion of them & drink. 2. Roast seeds over fire ,grind + fadi sugar & eat x3 teaspoons /day 3.Cook seeds with babong (Matricaria sp.)+ Althaea sp + sugar & drink.

1. Boil/blanch seeds or prepare an infusion of them & drink. 2. Roast seeds over fire ,grind + fadi sugar & eat x3 teaspoons /day 3.Cook seeds with babong (Matricaria sp.)+ Althaea sp + sugar & drink.

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Womens Health Uterine Inflammation after childbirth Anti-inflammatory

Decoct seeds + kubazi (Malva sp.) & use as douche or enema.

Decoct seeds + kubazi (Malva sp.) & use as douche or enema.

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Wound Healing Open boil or purulent lesion /wound Anti-infective, Vulnerary

Grind seeds, moisten with water or vinegar & bandage area.

Grind seeds, moisten with water or vinegar & bandage area.

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Wound healing Open boil or purulent lesion /wound Anti-infective, Vulnerary

1.Grind seeds, moisten with water or vinegar & bandage affected area.

2. Cook ground seeds in little water, spread over cloth & bandage lesion. (softens & opens the lesion)
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3. Apply powdered seeds to dry a purulent lesion after pus i released

4.Unravel flax /linen (Linum) cloth, dip in cold water & apply flax fibers to lesion for not more than 6 hours. (CAUTION:cloth should not be left on the lesion for too long)
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1.Grind seeds, moisten with water or vinegar & bandage affected area.

2. Cook ground seeds in little water, spread over cloth & bandage lesion. (softens & opens the lesion)
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3. Apply powdered seeds to dry a purulent lesion after pus i released

4.Unravel flax /linen (Linum) cloth, dip in cold water & apply flax fibers to lesion for not more than 6 hours. (CAUTION:cloth should not be left on the lesion for too long)
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