Alsi seed or linseed, also flaxseed comes from the flax plant. It is one of the oldest plants known to man. The flax plant is traced back to the ancient Egyptians and the Bible era. This plant was an important source of seeds and clothing in the early human history.
The presence of unsaturated fats and mucilage in the plant makes it a valuable remedy and may help intestinal conditions. When boiled, the seeds are turned into jelly. On consumption, the seeds creates a soothing action along the digestive tract. The seeds are better when taken whole rather than jelly form or infusion. Whole seeds also may draw out toxins from the body. It also acts as a laxative to easy constipation. When taken with water, the seeds swell in the bowel and have a bullking laxative effect on the body. It is imperative to drink a lot of water when taken with seeds to avoid dehydration.
The crushed seeds or linseed flour can also relieve external and painful boiles on the body.