I adore flaxseed gel. It is super moisturizing, tightening, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. It’s phenomenal for hair too! Especially curls. Oh you will love it for soft, gorgeous, happy curls.
How to Make Flaxseed Gel
- 1 tsp flaxseeds
- 1 cup water
- small saucepan
- strainer or cheese cloth
- wide container
- Add the flaxseeds and water to the saucepan on medium heat.
- Stir often to prevent the seeds from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Once it starts boiling, stir occasionally until you notice a thick, gel-like string falling from your spoon. After 20 minutes, the gel will start forming but will be runny. Five minutes later, the gel will be thick enough for these masks. If you want even thicker gel, leave it for a couple minutes more.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Strain the gel. If it’s too thick, add a little water to get things flowing.
This recipe makes a tablespoon of flaxseed gel.
Tips For Making Flaxseed Gel
Of course you can scale up this recipe. But flaxseeds and flaxseed gel oxidize quickly. So if you make a large batch, stick it in the fridge once it has cooled down. It will last for one to two weeks.
It’s better to make smaller batches when you plan on using the gel on your face.
After 20 minutes of boiling, the gel begins to develop a brown color. If you don’t want that, remove the saucepan from the heat and leave to cool for longer. The water will evaporate leaving a thick, clearer gel.
You can discards the seeds after straining. Or you can let them dry for a bit and grind them. Add the ground flaxseeds to your shakes, oats, or even the gel.
You can also use ground flaxseed to make the gel. But I have only tried it with the whole seeds. They work perfectly for me.
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Flaxseed Gel Masks
1. Add Ground Flaxseeds
This mask is super simple. Just add ground flaxseeds to your flaxseed gel.
Apply liberal amounts to your face, neck and hands and gently rub it in. The bits will exfoliate your skin so beautifully and remove dry, dead, sad skin. Let the gel dry for ten minutes before washing off.
Expect tight, toned, gently-exfoliated, glowing skin. Yes please!
This mask can be a little drying so if you want more moisturized skin, add a half teaspoon of jojoba oil (or any other non-comedogenic oil).
2. Add Aloe Vera Gel
Add a small spoonful of raw aloe vera to the same amount of flaxseed gel. Mix well. And done!
Patch test the mix before applying it to your face for a wonderful skin tightening mask that will shrink your pores and make you glow. It’s true!
You should know though, very sensitive skin dislike raw aloe vera gel. So use with caution if you have such sensitivities.
3. Add Vitamin E oil
I use three 400 I.U. Vitamin E capsules to the tablespoon of flaxseed gel. The mix becomes a little more runny, but not by much.
This mask is amazing for my dry skin. But just as amazing for my hair. And for curls!!! It gives a lot of volume to hair, while keeping it soft and moisturized.
The mix that I make is all you need for a wash and go or for a simple hair mask. It does dry a little crunchy though, so you can wash it out or add a little more oil to your hair.
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4. Add Tamanu Oil & Essential Oils
Tamanu oil is one of my favorite oils for skin. More than coconut oil! Coconut oil dries out my skin way too much. But tamanu keeps my skin moisturized and amazingly soft.
Tamanu also has a ton of benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-acne, anti-fungal and repellent. Tamanu oil also repairs skin and heals cuts faster. Yes please!
I also like to add tea tree essential oil. It is one of those all-round essential oils that’s anti- everything. It’s also great for acne, dandruff and more.
When mixed together with my flaxseed gel, they become a deeply hydrating, tightening, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, awesome mask. I love it and you would too!
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I’d love to know how to do you use flaxseed gel? Let me know in the comments.
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