Linseed (or ‘flaxseed’) gel is the new must-have in your homemade cosmetics cupboard!
It is a 100% natural moisturising agent with a soft texture which can be used in many homemade recipes.
Linseed gel looks a bit like Aloe Vera gel, but with a more viscous texture. As it contains a lot of water, it might not keep as long as Aloe Vera gel, but it is much easier to make and has excellent hydrating and soothing properties.
½ cup of brown organic linseed
2 cups of water
1 cheesecloth (or a clean pop sock)
1 bowl or bottle to store your gel
Here is a very easy homemade recipe to make about 100ml of linseed gel:
1. Add ½ cup of brown organic linseed to a saucepan.
2. Cover with 2 cups of water.
3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent the seeds from sticking to the bottom.
4. Once you get a viscous texture (see picture), remove from the heat and let the mixture cool down a little - but do not let it go completely cold or it will be more difficult to extract the gel.
5. Pour the preparation into the cheesecloth (or clean pop sock).
6. Place the cheesecloth or pop sock over a bowl and squeeze, allowing the gel to flow into the container through the cloth. If the preparation has become too sticky, put it back on the hob with a little more water for a few seconds.
7. Your gel is ready to use!
If stored in a sterilised bottle, it will keep for up to one week in the fridge.
Various ways to use your linseed gel
Hair Care for curly or brittle hair: use a few drops of linseed gel as a conditioner on wet hair. Leave to dry, then brush well to avoid the ‘cardboard effect’. The curls are better defined and the hair feels moisturised and supple.
Styling Hair Gel: massage a few drops of gel between your fingers and apply to dry hair for a classic styling gel effect!
Moisturising Face Mask: mix 1 tablespoon of linseed gel with a few drops of argan oil, almond oil or honey. Apply a thick layer on your face. Rinse off after 15 minutes. This mask is suitable for irritated and dry, even cracked, skin.
Active Moisturising Agent: linseed gel can also be incorporated into a homemade moisturizer recipe.